New picnic tables made out of recycled rubber tires and recycled plastic will be installed at Heatherstone Elementary School this fall.
They will be the first such tables to be installed at any school in the Olathe school district, said Bob Courtney, district energy manager.
A $1,098 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment bought the tables. The Bureau of Waste Management awarded about $700,000 in waste-tire recycling grants this summer. Several parks and school districts in the state will get new playground surfaces, benches and picnic tables made from the recycled material. Some of the picnic tables will come from places like Champlin Tire Recycling, KDHE spokesman Mike Heideman said.
Champlin Tire Recycling is based in Concordia and started making products out of recycled tires nine years ago, said Brian Lamer of Champlin Tire Recycling.
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