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Marion, Sequatchie to receive part of waste tire state recycling grants

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NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau have announced 41 grants to help Tennessee communities recycle tires and keep them out of landfills.

The waste tire recycling grants total more than $2.8 million in fiscal year 2013-14, and the grants are supported from the Solid Waste Management Fund, which receives revenue from a pre-disposal fee on the purchase of new tires.

Locally, Marion County will received $48,000, while Sequatchie County is slated for $20,400.

Tennessee recycles an estimated 55,000 tons of tires per year, diverting waste tires from landfills and sending them to beneficial end-use facilities.  Beneficial end-use methods 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.  Counties may charge an additional fee if the grant is not adequate to cover costs.

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.

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