(*19*)FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman right now introduced $529,800 in grant funding for benches, picnic tables, walkways and poured-in-place playground surfacing initiatives that make the most of recycled waste tires.
The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to obtain a $2 price from every retail sale of a brand new tire in the state. The fund helps handle the roughly 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky every year and promotes the event of markets for recycled tire merchandise.
“As we build a healthier, better Kentucky coming out of this pandemic, these projects are a great way to support our environment and improve the spaces where our people play, exercise and relax,” Gov. Beshear stated. “As many of us were reminded during the past year, getting outdoors is really helpful in relieving stress. It’s a wonderful way to take care of ourselves while spending time with the people who matter most. I hope this funding can help create even more positive memories for Kentucky families.”
Secretary Goodman applauded the 19 counties that utilized for the funding. “The cabinet is very pleased to make this funding available,” Sec. Goodman stated. “Everyone benefits when these projects are done.”