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June 19, 2017


NDEQ Awards $2.62 Million in Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy today announced the awarding of $2,623,217 in grants through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund is generated by a fee on solid waste disposed of in landfills, an annual retail business sales fee, and a fee assessed on the sale of new tires for motor vehicles. The grants are provided to local integrated waste management projects including: recycling systems, household hazardous waste collection programs, transfer stations, and yard waste composting. Tire fee grants totaling $1.71 million for projects related to tire recycling were previously announced in May (more information).

The table below provides a list, by city, of all 2017 grantees, and includes the amount awarded and a description of the projects receiving grant support.

2017 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Award Recipients

Award Amount
Project Description
Keep Chadron Beautiful
Funding to collect cardboard and office paper from 50-60 locations in the City of Chadron.
Keep Columbus Beautiful
Host two electronics collection events for Platte County.
Keep Columbus Beautiful, Inc.
Host one household hazardous waste collection event for Platte County.
Keep Fremont Beautiful, Inc.
Host one household hazardous waste collection event for Dodge County, plus two all-metal collections, and an electronics drop site for TVs and neighborhood cardboard recycling sites.
City of Fremont/Dept. of Utilities
Funds toward a wood/tub grinder for the cities of Fremont and Blair to process trees infected with emerald ash borer. Wood chips to be used for composting, agricultural bedding, and mulch.
Grand Island
Grand Island Area Clean Community System
Operational costs for the Betty Curtis Household Hazardous Waste facility and hold collection events in Grand Island.
City of Gretna
Funds toward a wood chipper, compact track loader, and utility vehicle, to trim trees and process downed limbs in parks and right-of-ways.
Educational Service Unit #11
Funding to clean out chemicals from four high schools in Bertrand, Arapahoe, Minden, and Franklin.
Village of Howells
Funds to crush 2,000 tons of existing concrete piles. Aggregate will be used for road and alley maintenance, athletic field parking lots, and base for training facility for fire department.
City of Kearney
Horizontal cardboard baler with in-floor conveyor.
Keep Kimball Beautiful
Funding to collect recyclables from businesses and other locations in Kimball. Also host one household hazardous waste collection event for Kimball County.
Lexington Area Solid Waste Agency
Host 6-8 household hazardous waste and electronic waste collection events.
Nebraska Farmers Union
Equipment and operating expenses for a commercial vermicomposting operation in Lincoln.
Lincoln Public Schools
Funds to continue recycling at Lincoln Public Schools, serving over 40,000 students and 8,000 employees.
WasteCap Nebraska
Funding to create a hub and spoke pilot project for recycling in northeast Nebraska.
Keep Nebraska Beautiful
Fund three state-wide programs: Nebraska Materials Exchange, Nebraska Used Oil Collection, and Nebraska Food Waste Reduction Program
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
Expenses for household hazardous waste disposal; plus branding and marketing for the new hazardous materials collection center. Hold 3-5 mobile household hazardous waste collections and 4 small business waste collections.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Funds for student interns to develop on-site technical assistance and education to five Nebraska manufacturers. Anticipate $500,000 annual waste reduction cost savings.
Red Willow County
Hold 50 household hazardous waste collection events and 14 pick-up disposals for various Nebraska communities.
Integrated Recycling LLC
Funds toward a tractor to pull their current compost turner to process cattle manure, organic solids from an anaerobic digester, and yard waste.
Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council
Hold three household hazardous waste collection events in Blair, Hooper, and Walthill.
Western Resources Group
Funding to help increase recycling efforts in rural communities.
Keep Keith County Beautiful
Host one household hazardous waste collection event for Keith, Arthur, Deuel, and Garden Counties.
Firstar Fiber, Inc.
Funds toward recycling sorting equipment to increase processing from 30,000 to 50-60,000 tons annually.
Open Door Mission
Funds toward 200 plastic gaylord containers for use in storing food items and donations.
City of Omaha -- UnderTheSink Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Funds to operate Omaha's Under the Sink household hazardous waste facility, serving Douglas and Sarpy Counties. (Second year of a five-year grant.)
Keep Scottsbluff Gering Beautiful
Host one household hazardous waste collection event for Scottsbluff, Terrytown, Gering, and the surrounding area.
Middle Niobrara NRD
Funds toward a compost turner to mix wood chips and animal manure, food/yard waste, or animal carcasses to study field application rates for best crop yields.
City of Waverly
Funds toward a brush chipper to turn wood waste into wood chips for landscaping at city parks, the cemetery, and residences in Waverly.
City of Wayne
Host one electronics collection event for citizens of the City of Wayne.