By Mike Kruzman /

Multiple area-agencies will be receiving funding to help with the removal of potential environmental and human hazards.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, or EGLE, announced that 2 Livingston County entities and 1 in neighboring Washtenaw County will receive grants for the collection and recycling of scrap tires. This funding will help to pay for community scrap tire drop-off events and other related tire cleanups.

The Livingston County Department of Public Works will receive $4,000 and Cohoctah Township will be getting $2,000. The Washtenaw County Department of Public Works will be the recipient of $14,000. In total, EGLE is awarding 92 projects a total of $674,000 for scrap tire collection and recycling.

The department reports that improperly dumped scrap tires pose a fire risk to the environment, and risk to humans in that they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. More than 10-million scrap tires are generated annually in Michigan. EGLE reports that these tires can be turned into mulch, tire-derived fuel, incorporated into roads, shredded, and used for aggregate.

More information and a list of registered organizations that can process or recycle tires can be found at

Find a scrap tire collection event at

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