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Used tires are a huge environmental hazard, contributing to varied problems of fires, urban blight, and increased mosquito populations, among others. But the Commonwealth of Kentucky hopes you might have an idea for how to use shredded rubber from used tires in a landscaping or research project. And they’ve got some money to throw your way.

The Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet is now accepting proposals “that promote the use of recycled waste tires for landscaping,” and there some grant money involved to purchase crumb rubber mulch.

We can’t help but think back to those porous recycled rubber tree pits that were installed a little while back in Downtown Louisville.

Grant money comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, an endowment implemented by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1998, which itself is funded by a fee on new tires sold. Applicants are required to match the grant funding with at least 25 percent of the total project cost.

Besides landscaping projects, the program will also consider research projects “for experimental practices or technologies that further the statutory purposes of the waste tire program—to protect human health, safety and the environment—or that will help develop a market for Kentucky waste tires,” according to a press release.

Applications and supporting documentation for the grant must be received by the Division of Waste Management’s central Frankfort office by March 28 by 4:30p.m. Applications can be emailed to Lisa Evans here or mailed to Lisa Evans, Division of Waste Management, 200 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.

For more information, contact Lisa Evans at 502-564-6716 or via email or Eric Dennison of KIPDA’s Public Administration Division at 502-266-6084 or via email. Additional information can be found on the program’s website. on the program, click here.

[Top image by Matt Lemmon / Flickr.]
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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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1 COMMENT

  1. Exactly what kind of landscaping projects will and won’t qualify for this program? I hope they aren’t just trying to get rid of tires to anyone willing to take them. I HATE seeing rubber mulch used in place of wood mulch. What next, fake taxus bushes? Do we want entirely synthetic yards?

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