2021 By the Numbers -- Over 409,000 scrap tires cleaned up
January 12, 2022
In 2021, EGLE's Scrap Tire Program had 104 cleanup grants totaling $1,343,330 with funding from 2020 and 2021) and10 new market development grants. In addition, it administered law enforcement grants.
To date, 409,267 scrap passenger tire equivalents have been collected - or 4,599 tons - and $843,723 in grant funding has been utilized.
Grants covered 75 of 83 Michigan counties.
The Scrap Tire Program regulates transportation, storage and disposal of scrap tires, and operates through the Materials Management Division (MMD) in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Scrap tires can threaten the environment and public health. Run-off from scrap tire fires can contaminate groundwater and surface water, and scrap tire sites are an ideal habitat for the breeding of mosquitoes carrying disease such as West Nile Virus.
The program also supports development of markets and beneficial end uses of scrap tire products through EGLE grants.
Caption: Four people at Superior Watershed Partnership scrap tire clean up project.