State Sens. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) said Tuesday they have been informed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation that Rutherford County will receive a $466,000 waste tire recycling grant for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
The announcement comes after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau released the recipients of 41 grants to help Tennessee communities recycle tires and keep them out of landfills.
“These grants are very helpful in assisting counties with their tire recycling efforts,” Tracy said. “I congratulate our local officials in helping secure these funds.”
“Tire recycling is particularly beneficial to communities,” Ketron said. “There are many uses for recycled tires and besides being unsightly, discarded tires can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.”
Tennessee recycles an estimated 55,000 tons of tires per year, diverting waste tires from landfills and sending them to beneficial end-use facilities, which include utilizing tire-derived aggregate in civil engineering projects, crumb rubber for asphalt paving and molded rubber products. The majority of Tennessee’s waste tires are used as tire-derived fuel.
“Working with our local county partners is vital to the success of this program,” Haslam said. “The Solid Waste Management Fund continues to provide support to Tennessee’s communities, assisting in the diversion of waste tires from landfills for the benefit of the environment.”
The General Assembly authorized waste tire grants in the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991.
The grants assist counties with the processing and transportation of tires to beneficial end-use facilities. Counties are reimbursed $1 per eligible tire and are required to provide at least one waste tire collection site. The fund is administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation, and $1.25 from the $1.35 pre-disposal fee collected is used to supplement the counties’ costs for waste tire recycling and services.
“Tennessee’s tire recycling program provides an environmentally sound disposal method, and it’s important that communities continue to focus on waste reduction as part of their overall waste management plan,” Martineau added.
Purchasing longer life tires, rotating and balancing tires every 6,000 miles, and checking air pressure monthly are excellent ways to reduce the number of scrap tires generated in Tennessee and will also save money.