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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Steve Beshear and the Energy and Environment Cabinet jointly announced that $300,854 in grant funding has been awarded for 20 playground projects. The program provides rubber mulch for playgrounds, tracks and athletic fields.
Trimble County’s Bedford Elementary School will be the recipient of $45,664 from the grant, according to Beshear’s office.
Crumb rubber, made from recycled scrap tires, is used for mulch on playgrounds to enhance durability and safety; for fitness/walking tracks; for landscaping, and on athletic fields to reduce soil degradation and increase safety benefits.
Gov. Beshear said the crumb rubber grants program encourages environmental stewardship.
“The Energy and Environment Cabinet is pleased to support these projects that will use recycled Kentucky waste tires in an environmentally beneficial way, and which also will enhance playground safety for our children across the Commonwealth.”
The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $1fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund manages 4 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and helps develop markets for recycled tire products.