Focus On Land & Waste Division
Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program


The Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program provides funding assistance to political subdivisions for the cleanup of solid waste disposed of along public roadways or ditches. Through this program, items such as household waste, white goods, construction and demolition waste, and furniture are removed from the illegal site and disposed in a permitted facility or recycled. Funding for this program is limited to five percent of the total revenue from the disposal fee collected from landfills in the preceding fiscal year. Approximately $120,000 is available annually.

Who’s Eligible?

Political subdivisions. This can include municipalities, counties, Natural Resources Districts, Sanitary Improvement Districts, Solid Waste Agencies, and Public Power Districts.

What costs are eligible?

Examples of cleanup costs that may be eligible for reimbursement include:
  • Labor
  • Equipment usage
  • Vehicle mileage
  • Disposal fees
Who to Contact:

NDEQ’s Waste Planning and Aid Unit, (402) 471-0273

Reimbursement procedures:
  1. The political subdivision contacts the NDEQ Waste Planning and Aid Unit to ensure that cleanup activities are eligible for reimbursement.
  2. The political subdivision uses existing staff and equipment, or contracts for cleanup services. (Note: During cleanup, if you come across suspected hazardous waste, such as solvents, paints and unknown chemicals, contact DEQ’s Hazardous Waste Compliance Assistance Specialist at 402-471-8308.)
  3. Illegal dumpsite cleanup is completed.
  4. The political subdivision completes an Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program - Request for Reimbursement form and mails it to the address at the bottom of this page.
  5. NDEQ staff reviews the application. If the application is approved, it will either be reimbursed at that time, or placed on the List for Future Payments.
When to Apply

Grants are issued on an on-going basis. There are no specific deadlines to submit applications.

Supporting Regulations:
More Information:

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Management Division, Planning and Aid Unit
Suite 400, The Atrium
1200 N Street
PO Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922
Phone: 402-471-0273
Toll Free: 877-253-2603