TOPEKA The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management is accepting applications for two types of waste reduction grants: Kansas Green Schools grants and Waste Tire grants. The Kansas Green Schools grant program provides K-12 schools with the opportunity to implement recycling projects and teach students valuable environmental lessons. The Waste Tire grant program helps communities improve their playgrounds and parks by purchasing products made from waste tires.

Green Schools grants assist schools with the start-up or enhancement of waste reduction projects. Schools can visit www.kdheks.gov/waste/about_grants.html to view the grant criteria, download the grant development workbook and complete the online grant application. Applications for these grants must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2017. Eligible grant projects must be consistent with the pre-approved list found in the grant criteria.

A major goal of the Waste Tire grant program is to stimulate the production and sale of commercial products made from recycled Kansas waste tires, including playground cover, horticulture products and extruded and molded products such as park benches and picnic tables. When waste tires are recycled, landfill space and natural resources are conserved and playground safety is enhanced.