Michigan grants available to clean up scrap tire piles

A pile of tires are seen, Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Krby Tires outside of Sycamore, Ohio. Expanding markets for the re-use of scrap tires have enabled Ohio to reduce its tire stockpiles faster than anticipated. Workers at this site, working five days a week, 10 hours a day, are expected to shred around ten million tires over the next 30 months. (AP Photo/J.D. Pooley)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is still accepting applications for grants supporting cleanup and reuse of scrap tires.

Castoff tires pose a fire risk and are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The grants pay to process them for use in paving products for roads, manufactured products and energy generation.

Grants are available for property owners to clean up old or abandoned scrap tire piles.

State officials say they’ll give priority to sites where tires were accumulated prior to Jan. 1, 1991. Also favored will be collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare or the environment.

Local units of government and nonprofit organizations can seek funding for cleanup days and roadside cleanup grants.

The application deadline is Sept. 28. Information is available online .

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