FLINT TWP. — After a “successful” scrap tire collection this summer, the township board will seek another state grant to repeat the community-wide disposal effort next year.
Township Trustee Belenda Parker, who spearheaded the 2014 tire collection, received the go ahead to apply for a 2015
Scrap Tire Clean-up Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The application deadline is Oct. 24.
The township was notified in early spring this year that the grant had been awarded. A drop-off date was set up in June.
Parker said that 161 tires were collected during this year’s cleanup. A semi-trailer was brought into the township hall parking lot to collect and haul away the load.
The grant covers tire disposal for property owners, end users and local governments needing to get rid of scrap tires which can pose an environmental hazard. The program is for residential cleanup only. Commercial businesses cannot participate, according to DEQ grant rules.
Under the grant, the township gets reimbursed an approved amount for every tire turned in.
This year, residents were allowed to bring up to seven tires for disposal, to ensure enough space on the truck for as many people as possible to participate.