Scrap Tire Cleanup Grants

Purpose: To assist property owners and local units of government with the proper removal of abandoned scrap tires and scrap tires at collection sites. Priority will be given to scrap tires accumulated prior to January 1, 1991, and to collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare, or the environment.

Goals of the Program: To use available funding to maximize reduction of the public health and environmental concerns associated with scrap tire collection sites, while improving urban renewal and economic development opportunities.

Eligibility: Any person may apply for funding to remove abandoned scrap tires or scrap tires accumulated at a collection site from their lands.  In addition, the owner of a collection site, a local government agency with jurisdiction, a private entity with written authorization from the landowner, or an end-user with written authorization from the landowner, may apply for funding to remove abandoned scrap tires or scrap tires accumulated at a collection site.   A local unit of government (county, township, city, or village) or nonprofit organization may also apply for a grant for:  a cleanup day or resident drop-off day; removal of abandoned scrap tires on state and federal land or small piles of 500-1,000 scrap tires on privately-held land; or removal of scrap tires from road right-of-ways.  See grant application for full eligibility criteria. 

Criteria: Scrap tires must have been abandoned or accumulated at a collection site, and the applicant must provide proof of property ownership.  Priority will be given to scrap tires accumulated prior to January 1, 1991, and to collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare, or the environment.  Scrap tires must be removed by a registered Michigan scrap tire processor, processed, and delivered to an approved scrap tire material end-user.  Approved processor(s) must be willing to accept a pre-determined fee from an approved grant recipient.  This fee is established by EGLE for each passenger and truck tire processed or on the equivalent tonnage.  Owners of sites with scrap tires that were accumulated after 1991 must agree to placement of a lien on the property.  See grant application for complete criteria.

Application Process:

  • Submission of a complete, current Scrap Tire Collection Site Cleanup Grant application package.
  • Application is reviewed by EGLE for eligibility. 
  • Eligible applications are prioritized by EGLE and grants are approved by the EGLE Director.
  • Contracts are issued to the prioritized, eligible applicants, based on the amount of funds appropriated by the Legislature.

Nominating Procedures:  Grant applications are approved for funding by the EGLE Director based on eligibility and criteria in the grant application package.

Deadlines: Grant deadlines are announced for each grant cycle. Interested grantees may sign up for grant updates by joining the Scrap Tire Program: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDEQ/subscriber/new    
Timelines:  The application review and funding process generally takes about four months, with projects to be underway during the fiscal year the grant is awarded.  Projects generally must be completed by no later than the end of the fiscal year in which they were awarded.

Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min or Max): The amount available for Scrap Tire Cleanup Grants, Market Development Grants and Law Enforcement Grants for Fiscal Year 2019 was $3.5 million.  It is anticipated a similar amount will be available for FY 2020, pending Legislative appropriation and all other necessary approvals.  Cleanup grants are funded first from the amount available. 

EGLE will reimburse the actual costs incurred at a rate of $1,000 per dropped trailer for the first 500 tires.  Then there is a $2 per passenger tire equivalent (PTE) reimbursement for over 500 tires up to a maximum of $2,000 per trailer.  For cleanups being reimbursed by weight, the reimbursement will be $178 per ton.  For cleanups being reimbursed by volume, the reimbursement will be $17.80 per cubic yard.

Required Match: No monetary match is required. Applicants are responsible for loading scrap tires into the processor's collection vehicles.

Source(s) of Funds: Scrap Tire Regulatory Fund

Authority: Part 169, Scrap Tires, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended

Responsible Division and Office Contact(s): Materials Management Division, Kirsten Clemens, clemensk@michigan.gov or 517-614-7431

Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Year:   None

Related GrantsScrap Tire Market Development Grants  

Recent Awards/Example ProjectFY2019 Scrap Tire Cleanup Awarded Grants

Request for Proposals/Application:  Will be available in SIGMA Vendor Self Service - https://sigma.michigan.gov/webapp/PRDVSS2X1/AltSelfService