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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2017

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$1.7 Million Awarded For Tire Collection, Recycling Projects


Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy announced today that the state is awarding $1.71 million to support 100 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state.

"The agency received many outstanding applications from across the state,” Macy said. “These funds will provide needed support to local efforts which effectively deal with scrap tires in Nebraska.”

The grants support local efforts to clean up tire piles and conduct community scrap tire collections. In addition, funds will be used by schools and organizations across the state to provide partial reimbursement for playground mulch, synthetic turf fields, running tracks, and other recycled rubber projects that were made from scrap tires.

The grants are part of NDEQ’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants program, and are funded by a $1 fee on new tires purchased in Nebraska.

Below is a listing of the 2017 Waste Reduction and Recycling Tire Grants:


Applicant Name and Location
Project Description
Amount Awarded
Arlington Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of athletic running track
$17,125
Atkinson, City of
200-ton scrap tire cleanup for Holt County
$20,204
Aurora Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$7,801
Bellevue Public School District (Bellevue East High School)
Reimburse 25% of an artificial turf field; used 232,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$100,106
Bellevue Public School District (Bellevue West High School)
Reimburse 25% of an artificial turf field; used 240,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$103,505
Bloomfield Community Schools
Reimburse 50% of 81,900 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$11,340
Bloomfield, City of
Reimburse 25% of five 6-foot and two 8-foot picnic tables
$1,175
Blue Hill Community Schools (Blue Hill)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$572
Brady, Village of
125-ton scrap tire cleanup for Brady, Maxwell, and Gothenburg
$14,921
Cass Co. Dept. of Roads (Weeping Water)
150-ton scrap tire cleanup for Cass County
$12,690
Cedar County (Hartington)
275-ton scrap tire cleanup for Cedar County
$25,946
Central City Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of artificial turf field; used 331,137 pounds of crumb rubber
$32,500
Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership Inc. (Loup City)
Reimburse 50% of 27,300 pounds of rubber mulch; 25% poured-in-place playground surface and swing mat
$7,094
Centura Public Schools (Cairo)
Reimburse 25% of running track surfacing; used 79,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$24,950
Christ Lutheran Little Lambs Preschool (Grand Island)
Reimburse 50% of 5,850 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$822
Columbus Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of running track and runways; used 98,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$27,500
Columbus Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of artificial turf field, used 332,627 pounds of crumb rubber
$82,875
Columbus, City of
250-ton scrap tire cleanup for Platte County
$24,352
Creek Valley Schools
Reimburse 25% of athletic track surface; used 80,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$19,536
Crete Public Schools (Elementary)
Reimburse 25% poured-in-place playground surface
$3,911
Crete Public Schools (Intermediate)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$12,384
Crete Public Schools (Intermediate)
Reimburse 25% of athletic track surfacing; used 82,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$28,750
Dakota Co. Road Dept. (Hubbard)
80-ton scrap tire cleanup for Dakota County
$9,977
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School (Bellevue)
Reimburse 25% of runway track and high jump; used 8,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$3,681
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School (Bellevue)
Reimburse 25% of artificial turf; used 308,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$94,968
Deshler Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of athletic track and runway; used 82,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$24,789
Dillion Brothers Harley-Davidson (Omaha)
Reimburse 25% of 8 benches and 8 picnic tables
$2,130
Dreamland Daycare (Falls City)
Reimburse 50% of 6,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$840
Falls City Arboretum
Reimburse 50% of 11,794 pounds of rubber mulch and reimburse 25% of 27 timbers
$2,638
Falls City, City of
Reimburse 50% of 34,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch for three parks
$4,772
Fremont Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of running track and runways; used 120,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$32,182
Gingerbread House (Wilber)
Reimburse 50% of 2,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$550
Gothenburg Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$21,807
Hall Co. Hwy. Dept. (Grand Island)
150-ton scrap tire cleanup for Hall County
$13,476
Hastings Public Schools
Reimburse 50% of 18,095 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$1,310
Hayes Center, Village of
Reimburse 25% of three 6-foot picnic tables
$486
Head Start Child and Family Development Program (Hastings)
Reimburse 50% of 8,730 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$1,900
Higgins, Jennifer (Elba)
Reimburse 50% of 5,850 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$905
Hitchcock County Agricultural Society (Trenton)
Reimburse 25% of eight 8-foot picnic tables
$1,473
Holdrege, City of
350-ton scrap tire cleanup for Phelps, Harlan, and Furnas counties
$30,414
Humphrey Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of playground turf; used 13,141 pounds of crumb rubber
$20,125
Johnson County (Tecumseh)
75-ton scrap tire cleanup for Johnson County
$6,302
Kearney Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of additional runway and track surface; used 48,285 pounds of crumb rubber
$10,798
Keep Alliance Beautiful
Reimburse 50% of 39,000 pounds of rubber landscaping mulch
$6,323
Keith County (Ogallala)
200-ton scrap tire cleanup for Keith, Perkins, Arthur, Garden, and Duell counties
$24,000
Kidnect Child Development, LLC. (La Vista)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$4,070
Lincoln Salt Dogs
Reimburse 25% of artificial turf on baseball warning track; used 26,569 pounds of crumb rubber
$20,911
Little Bees Daycare (Bloomfield)
Reimburse 50% of 2,800 pounds of rubber playground mulch and reimburse 25% of 6 timbers
$860
Lower Loup NRD (Ord)
350-ton scrap tire cleanup for 12 counties
$32,304
Lower Platte NRD (Wahoo)
Reimburse 50% of 100,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$13,475
Madison Elementary
Reimburse 50% for 10,335 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$1,446
Merrick Co. Highway Dept.(Central City)
100-ton scrap tire cleanup for Merrick County
$8,976
Mitchell Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of athletic track and runways; used 88,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$23,298
Mullen, Village of
Reimburse 50% of 62,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$7,360
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Reimburse 25% of 128 picnic tables for 12 state parks and recreation areas
$18,580
Neligh, City of
300-ton scrap tire cleanup for Antelope County
$27,840
Nemaha County (Auburn)
125-ton scrap tire cleanup for Nemaha County
$11,376
Noah's Ark Child Care and Preschool (Grand Island)
Reimburse 50% for 44,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$3,580
Northeast Nebraska Shooting Association (Norfolk)
Reimburse 25% of three 8-foot benches
$240
Norfolk Public Schools
Reimburse 50% of 14,950 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$2,125
Nuckolls County (Nelson)
120-ton scrap tire cleanup for Nuckolls County
$10,980
Omaha FC Properties (Omaha Sports Complex)
Reimburse 25% of an artificial turf field; used 214,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$71,208
Omaha Public Schools (Pawnee Elementary)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$2,871
Omaha Public Schools (Gomez-Heritage Elementary)
Reimburse 25% of replacement of damaged rubber playground tiles
$87
Omaha Public Schools (Chandler View Elementary)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$6,610
Omaha Public Schools (Central High School)
Reimburse 50% 8,040 pounds of crumb rubber in running track
$1,005
Omaha Public Schools (Benson High School)
Reimburse 25% of artificial turf field; used 328,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$68,970
Omaha Public Schools (Conestoga Elementary)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$4,184
Omaha Public Schools (Kellom Elementary)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$4,184
Omaha Public Schools (Springville Elementary)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$9,348
Omaha, City of
200-ton scrap tire cleanup for Douglas County
$25,264
O'Neill Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of poured-in-place playground surface
$4,612
O'Neill Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of poured-in-place playground surface
$26,434
PaC 2 (Hastings)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$779
Papio Missouri River NRD (Omaha)
435-ton scrap tire cleanup for ten counties
$41,520
Paul Adams Elementary School (Lincoln)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$4,255
Pawnee City Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of athletic running track and runways
$31,750
Pedersen, Melodee (Girl Scouts, Columbus)
Reimburse 25% of an 8-foot picnic table
$169
Pierce County (Pierce)
100-ton scrap tire cleanup for five counties
$8,920
Ralston Public Schools
Reimburse 50% of 15,600 pounds of rubber playground mulch for four schools
$2,800
Rock County Public Schools (Bassett)
Reimburse 25% of athletic track surface; used 82,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$28,750
Saline County (Wilber)
150-ton scrap tire cleanup for Saline County
$12,660
Sandhill Plastics (Kearney)
Reimburse 50% of 41,651 pounds of crumb rubber to manufacture flooring
$2,432
Sarpy County (Papillion)
150-ton scrap tire cleanup for Sarpy County
$14,301
Southern Valley Schools (Oxford)
Reimburse 50% of 8,428 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$1,938
St. John Lutheran School (Seward)
Reimburse 25% for rubber playground tile surface
$18,773
St. Paul Public School
Reimburse 25% of running track surfacing; used 92,000 pounds of crumb rubber
$25,745
St. Peter School (Lincoln)
Reimburse 25% of rubber playground tile surface
$15,380
St. William's Catholic Church (Niobrara)
Reimburse 25% of five 3-foot benches
$288
Stapleton Public Schools
Reimburse 25% of poured-in-place playground surface
$4,628
Sutton, City of
Reimburse 25% of poured-in-place playground surface
$16,059
SWANN (Chadron)
85-ton scrap tire cleanup for Dawes, Sioux, and Box Butte Counties
$13,177
Tekamah-Herman Schools
Reimburse 50% for 32,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$2,230
University of Nebraska Athletics (Lincoln)
Reimburse 25% of artificial turf for Hibner soccer field sidelines; used 4,680 pounds of crumb rubber
$4,054
University of Nebraska Athletics (Lincoln)
Reimburse 25% of turf for Hawks Champion Center; used 236,412 pounds of crumb rubber
$92,343
Wallin, Becky (Newman Grove)
Reimburse 50% of 6,758 pounds of rubber mulch
$473
Wayne County (Wayne)
200-ton scrap tire cleanup for Wayne County
$18,264
Winside Public School
Reimburse 50% for 234,00 pounds of rubber playground mulch
$33,828
Wymore, City of
Reimburse 25% rubber playground tile surface, five benches and three picnic tables
$3,479
York Area Solid Waste Agency (York)
300-ton scrap tire cleanup for York County
$26,440