A grant from the Department of Natural Resources has allowed Pettis County to purchase 100 cubic yards of recycled rubber mulch. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with 911 Coordinator James Theisen:

James Theisen

The grant was worth $5,641. This is the second time Pettis County has been a recipient. The product has two benefits.

“One is, you’re reusing rubber tires, rather than having them go into the landfill,” said Theisen, “And the other is, it’s a maintenance issue. Because where we put them were small islands that used to have to be mowed or weed-eated. And now that the rubber mulch is there, it’s a maintenance-free issue.”

The grant was for 100 percent funding, so they were not required to provide matching funds.

Press Release from the Pettis County Commission

In an ongoing effort to reduce operating expenses, to continue our green initiative and to maintain our beautiful county facilities, the Pettis County Commission authorized Mr. James Theisen; our county grant writer and director to apply for a DNR grant.

The 100 cubic yards of recycled rubber mulch is made of 100% used tires from Missouri. The grant was awarded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and does not require a local match. Using this recycled mulch will give once discarded tires a second life and keep them out of the landfill. The rubber mulch will be used to beautify the landscape around the Pettis County Public Safety building.