Northern Michigan Counties Awarded Funds from EGLE to Collect, Recycle Scrap Tires

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) announced Tuesday that they have awarded $674,000 in grants to fund 92 community scrap tire drop-off events and other tire cleanups across Michigan.

According to EGLE, community events provide affordable, convenient, tire recycling opportunities to residents, including the creation of year-long collections sites and roadside pickups.

Moreover, eight grant projects will fund the removal of old scrap tire piles at private properties.

EGLE states that improperly dumped scrap tires pose a fire hazard and create mosquito breeding grounds. However, these scrap tires can be used in asphalt to pave roads, as mulch in gardens and playgrounds and in manufacturing processes.

The following northern Michigan projects have been funded by EGLE:

  • Alpena – Northeast Michigan Council of Governments – $8,220
  • Antrim – Antrim Conservation District – $6,150
  • Antrim – Banks Township – $2,039
  • Benzie – Benzie County Solid Waste and Recycling – $8,052
  • Charlevoix – Charlevoix County – $12,575
  • Chippewa – City of Sault Ste. Marie – $4,278
  • Clare – Clare County Conservation District – $6,000
  • Grand Traverse – Grand Traverse Co. Resource Recovery Dept. – $6,048
  • Isabella – Village of Lake Isabella – $2,000
  • Kalkaska – Kalkaska Conservation District – $4,000
  • Lake – Webber Township – $2,021
  • Leelanau – Leelanau County – $4,188
  • Manistee – Private Property Cleanup – $2,077
  • Manistee – Manistee Conservation District – $8,000
  • Midland – Midland County Mosquito Control – $4,000
  • Midland – Warren Township – $2,000
  • Montcalm – Montcalm Conservation District – $8,000
  • Montcalm – Reynolds Township – $4,000
  • Montcalm – Richland Township – $4,000
  • Newaygo – Newaygo County – $8,164
  • Ogemaw – Mills Township – $4,000
  • Osceola – Middle Branch Township – $10,000
  • Osceola-Lake – Osceola-Lake Conservation District – $4,000
  • Oscoda – Big Creek Township – $2,025
  • Otsego – Otsego Conservation District – $4,276
  • Wexford – South Branch Township – $2,000