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Photo: Junkyard storing used tires

The majority of funding for scrap tire management, recycling programs, and market development is at the state level. However, some Federal research funding is available for small business doing innovative research. EPA does not provide funding for businesses using established technologies.

EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is administered by the Agency’s National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance (NCERQA) in the Office of Research and Development. The Agency’s SBIR Program solicits and funds research proposals that address EPA priority needs including solid waste management techniques. The goal is to promote technology innovation and commercialization. The Program is intended to spawn commercial ventures that improve our environment and quality of life, create jobs, increase productivity and economic growth, and enhance the international competitiveness of the US technology industry. Generally, businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to receive an SBIR award.

State agencies provide the majority of funding for scrap tire management and clean-up. Some states have recycling market development programs that offer financial assistance. Contact your state agency for specific information on grant/funding opportunities.

Examples of scrap tire projects funded at the state level:

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