Fourteen Communities Receive $2.9 million for Scrap Tire Market Development

Contact: Aaron Hiday, MDEQ Sustainable Materials Management Specialist, hidaya@michigan.gov, 517-284-6580
Agency: Environmental Quality

June 8, 2017

Old vehicle tires will soon find a new purpose thanks to $2.9 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).  The funding will support recycling, research and equipment.

Recycled scrap tires from vehicles can be used in asphalt for roads, as a raw material in the manufacturing process, as mulch in gardens and playgrounds, or as fuel to produce energy.  However when illegal dumping occurs scrap tires pose both a fire hazard and a human health risk as a mosquito breeding ground.

These grants directly support Gov. Rick Snyder’s initiative to double the state’s residential recycling rate to 30 percent.  Funding for 2017 is used to support three broad categories of projects that provide for the reuse of used tires:

  • Road projects using tire crumb rubber-modified asphalt or chips derived from scrap tires being used in the construction and repair of Michigan roadways.  Tire crumb rubber-modified asphalt produces a pavement that lasts longer, provides for noise reduction, and gives better skid control and visibility in rain and snow.  Additionally, tire chips can be used as lightweight fill along roadways prone to having subsidence issues.  Tires used in these construction projects must come from Michigan.
  • Research projects to find new, innovative ways to incorporate tire rubber into asphalt and concrete, improving the material’s performance.
  • Equipment projects to increase the use of tires, find new ways to create commodities from tires, and increase the use of existing products.  Examples of existing products include floor tiles, footwear, and rubber-compound feedstock for injection and blow molding.

Grant recipients for 2017 are:

Name

Project

Amount

Midland County Road Commission

Road

$431,947

Michigan State University

Research

$431,000

Michigan Technological University

Research

$431,000

City of Harbor Beach

Road

$220,011

City of Caro

Road

$207,000

City of Flushing

Road

$187,500

Saginaw County Road Commission

Road

$180,000

Saint Clair County Road Commission-Smith’s Creek Road

Road

$179,170

Imlay Township

Road

$174,000

City of Imlay City

Road

$155,000

City of Davison

Road

$105,000

Village of Ortonville

Road

$103,000

Porous Pave Incorporated

Equipment

$62,779

Saint Clair County Road Commission-Bridge Overlays

Road

$33,176

 

 

$2,900,583.00

 

For more information about Michigan’s Scrap Tire Program, visit www.michigan.gov/scraptires.

 

Additional contact: Melody Kindraka, MDEQ Public Information Officer, kindrakam1@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716