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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2018

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$1.6 Million Awarded For Tire Collection, Recycling Projects


Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy announced today that the state is awarding $1.59 million to support 106 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state. The Department received nearly $2.2 million in eligible grant requests.

"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 2018 Waste Reduction and Recycling Tire Grants:

Town
Applicant Name
Award
Project Description
Adams
Gold Crest Retirement Center
$2,548
25% reimbursement of a 957 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 4,950 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Ainsworth
KBR Solid Waste
$29,644
200-ton scrap tire cleanup in Ainsworth for Brown, Rock, and Keya Paha counties.
Ainsworth
North Central Development Center
$3,750
50% reimbursement of 19,500 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Alliance
Keep Alliance Beautiful
$6,339
50% reimbursement of 39,000 lbs. of rubber landscaping mulch.
Alma
Lower Republican Natural Resource District
$9,314
96-ton scrap tire cleanup in Alma for Harlan County.
Arnold
Arnold Economic Development Corp
$11,445
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 81,900 lbs. of rubber playground mulch for Arnold City Park and Arnold Recreation Area.
Auburn
Nemaha Natural Resources District
$11,220
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 85,800 lbs. of rubber playground mulch for two playgrounds at the Duck Creek Recreation Area near Peru, NE.
Beatrice
Gage County
$32,102
Proposed 375-ton scrap tire cleanup in Beatrice for Gage County.
Bellevue
Bellevue Public School District
$71,904
25% reimbursement of an artificial turf football field at Bellevue East High School. Reused 35%-40% of rubber infill from old artificial turf, saving the school $25,000. Used 152,000 lbs. of new crumb rubber.
Bellevue
Bellevue Public School District
$74,207
25% reimbursement of an artificial turf football field at Bellevue West High School. Reused 35%-40% of the rubber infill from old artificial turf, saving the school $25,000. Used 156,000 lbs. of new crumb rubber.
Bellevue
Bellevue Shockers Softball Association
$751
50% reimbursement of 8,840 lbs. of crumb rubber to top off infill for indoor baseball/softball field. Reused turf from Bellevue East High School.
Bellevue
City of Bellevue Street Department
$4,600
40-ton scrap tire cleanup for Bellevue residents.
Benkelman
City of Benkelman
$11,272
100-ton scrap tire cleanup in Benkelman for Dundy County.
Blair
City of Blair
$12,164
25% reimbursement of a 4,000 sq. ft. and a 1,060 poured-in-place playground. Used 29,250 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Bloomfield
City of Bloomfield
$628
25% reimbursement of six 8-foot benches made from 230 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Bridgeport
Bridgeport Public Schools
$15,571
50% reimbursement of 74,990 lbs. of rubber playground mulch and 25% reimbursement of 12 rubber swing mats and rubber timbers. Used 76,327 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Callaway
Callaway Public School
$11,913
50% reimbursement of 47,000 lbs. of rubber playground mulch and 25% reimbursement of 613 rubber access mats.
Carleton
Carleton Playground Committee
$3,600
50% reimbursement of 23,400 lbs. rubber playground mulch
Center
Knox County
$10,210
100-ton scrap tire cleanup in Center for Knox County.
Central City
Central City Public School
$60,125
25% reimbursement of an artificial turf field installed in 2016. Applied and received $32,500 grant in 2017; now requesting additional $60,125 they were eligible for in 2017. Used 331,137 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Clay Center
Little Blue Natural Resources District
$15,202
160-ton scrap tire cleanup in Clay Center for Clay County.
Cozad
Cozad Community Schools
$9,939
25% reimbursement of maintenance coating system on athletic track surface. Used 4,140 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Crete
Crete Public Schools
$4,469
25% reimbursement of 1,290 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 6,200 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
David City
Butler County
$20,040
200-ton scrap tire cleanup at Butler County Landfill in David City for Butler County.
Edgar
City of Edgar
$853
50% reimbursement of 6,000 lbs. rubber playground mulch.
Elkhorn
Elkhorn Training Camp
$15,252
25% reimbursement of a 27,000 sq. ft. artificial turf field for soccer, football, baseball and lacrosse. Used 64,000 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Falls City
Falls City Sacred Heart
$1,400
50% reimbursement of 10,000 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Fremont
Fremont Public Schools
$20,000
50% reimbursement of 264,000 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Fullerton
Fullerton Elementary School
$1,710
50% reimbursement of 11,700 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Geneva
Little Blue Natural Resource District
$16,306
172-ton scrap tire cleanup in Geneva for Fillmore County.
Grand Island
St. Pauls Christian Childcare and Preschool
$8,800
50% reimbursement of 62,400 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Greenwood
Village of Greenwood
$7,888
25% reimbursement of a 2,560 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 49,050 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Hayes Center
Hayes County
$13,980
125-ton scrap tire cleanup in Hayes Center for Hayes and Hitchcock counties.
Hayes Center
Village of Hayes Center
$2,837
50% reimbursement of 19,500 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Hebron
Little Blue Natural Resource District
$11,798
123-ton scrap tire cleanup in Hebron for Thayer County.
Hildreth
Lower Republican Natural Resource District
$8,026
82-ton scrap tire cleanup in Hildreth for Franklin County.
Holdrege
City of Holdrege
$12,650
25% reimbursement of a 6,287 sq. ft. rubber tile playground surface. Used 53,568 lbs of recycled tire rubber.
Holdrege
Holdrege Public Schools
$4,850
50% reimbursement of 35,100 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Holdrege
Trinity Child Care
$787
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 5,850 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Imperial
Imperial Housing Authority
$1,725
50% reimbursement of 11,700 lbs. of rubber playground mulch
Juniata
Adams County Highway Dept.
$2,421
Clean up 21.06 tons of scrap tires that were picked up from Adams County ditches since 2012.
Kearney
City of Kearney
$16,132
25% reimbursement of a 4,328 sq. ft. rubber playground tile surface and rubber playground mulch. Used 30,792 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Kearney
City of Kearney
$23,970
300-ton scrap tire cleanup in Kearney for Buffalo County.
Kearney
University of Nebraska at Kearney
$101,999
25% reimbursement of artificial turf football field. Used 222,000 lbs. of crumb rubber. Crumb rubber from old turf reused, saved $75,598 by reusing crumb rubber.
Lewiston
Lewiston Consolidated Schools
$3,300
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 24,000 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Lincoln
4Views Academy
$2,557
25% reimbursement of a 1,100 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 6,350 lbs. of rubber.
Lincoln
Emerald SID #6
$47,992
500-ton scrap tire clean up in Lincoln for Lancaster and surrounding counties.
Lincoln
Joann Maxey Elementary School PTO
$4,255
25% reimbursement of 1,764 sq. ft. of rubber playground tiles. Used 13,628 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Kelly's Kids
$1,429
25% reimbursement of rubber playground tiles. Tiles made from 3,546 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$718
25% reimbursement of 336 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles for exercise area at Seacrest Park. Used 2,042 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$718
25% reimbursement of 336 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles for exercise area at Cripple Creek Park. Used 1,346 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$790
25% reimbursement of 336 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles for exercise area at Lintel Park. Used 1,347 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$1,476
25% reimbursement of 740 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles at Mendoza Park. Used 4,416 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$1,762
25% reimbursement of 640 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles at Idylwild Park. Used 2,355 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$2,795
25% reimbursement of 1,120 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles installed at Sunburst Park. Used 6,462 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$3,596
25% reimbursement of 1,600 sq. ft. rubber tile playground at Lintel Park. Used 8,959 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$3,990
25% reimbursement of 1,768 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles at Seacrest Park. Used 10,817 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$4,003
25% reimbursement of 1,720 sq. ft. rubber playground tile installed at Grand Terrace Park. Used 10,789 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$4,003
25% reimbursement of 1,720 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles installed at UPCO Park. Used 10,973 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$4,159
25% reimbursement of 1,840 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles at Cripple Creek Park. Used 11,328 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$4,349
25% reimbursement of 1,788 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles installed at Bowling Lake Park. Used 10,980 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$4,520
25% reimbursement rubber playground tiles at Taylor Park. Used 10,970 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$6,863
25% reimbursement of 2,400 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles installed at Lakeview Park. Used 16,100 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$10,954
25% reimbursement of 5,372 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles installed at Antelope Park. Used 29,564 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Lincoln Parks and Recreation
$14,147
25% reimbursement of 6,000 sq. ft. rubber playground tiles at Trago Park. Used 34,535 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Lincoln
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
$28,413
Proposed 25% reimbursement of 198 picnic tables, made of recycled tire rubber, to be used in 17 state park and recreation areas.
Lincoln
St. Patrick Catholic School
$8,152
Proposed 25% reimbursement of 3,610 sq. ft. of rubber playground tiles.
Lindsay
Holy Family Daycare
$4,647
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 60,000 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Loup City
Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership Inc.
$3,724
25% reimbursement of a poured-in-place rubber surface and 50% reimbursement of 11,700 lbs. of rubber playground mulch. Total of 22,700 lbs. of recycled tire rubber used.
Madison
Madison Public School
$2,750
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 19,500 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Madrid
Village of Madrid
$23,660
200-ton scrap tire cleanup in Madrid for Perkins County.
McCook
City of McCook
$56,160
500-ton scrap tire cleanup in McCook for Dundy, Hitchcock, Red Willow, Furnas, Chase, Hayes, and Frontier counties.
Milligan
Milligan Community Park
$6,465
50% reimbursement of 50,000 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Minden
Kearney County
$20,214
200-ton scrap tire cleanup in Minden for Kearney County.
Morrill
Morrill Public Schools
$3,745
Reimburse 50% of 27,300 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Nebraska City
Otoe County
$55,150
600-ton scrap tire cleanup in Palmyra, Syracuse, and Nebraska City for Otoe County.
Norfolk
City of Norfolk
$19,103
25% reimbursement of a 7,660 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 36,950 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Omaha
Armbrust Acres Home Owners
$13,715
25% reimbursement of a 5,200 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 78,000 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Omaha
Morning Star Preschool & Child Care Center
$3,705
Proposed 25% reimbursement of a 1,050 sq. ft. poured-in-place rubber surface.
Omaha
Morning Star Preschool & Child Care Center
$3,737
50% reimbursement of 25,350 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Omaha
Nebraska Lions Foundation
$3,174
25% reimbursement of 39 six-foot park benches made of 1755 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Omaha
Omaha Public Schools
$21,948
25% reimbursement of artificial turf football field at Northwest High School. Used 273,875 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Omaha
Omaha Public Schools
$70,070
25% reimbursement of an athletic track surface at Burke High School. Used 20,550 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Omaha
Omaha Public Schools Foundation
$17,500
25% reimbursement of artificial turf baseball infield. Used 34,000 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Omaha
Omaha Public Schools Foundation
$65,225
25% reimbursement of an artificial turf softball field at Cavlovic Field. Used 176,000 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Oshkosh
City of Oshkosh
$2,597
50% reimbursement of 19,500 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Osmond
Osmond Community Schools
$4,400
50% reimbursement of 31,200 lbs. rubber playground mulch.
Palmer
Palmer Public School
$1,640
25% reimbursement of a 772 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 3,150 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Papillion
HICKORY HILL PTO
$3,894
25% reimbursement of 1,152 sq. ft. rubber playground tile surfacing. Used 8,527 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Pawnee City
Pawnee County
$6,351
75-ton scrap tire cleanup in Pawnee City for Pawnee County.
Paxton
Paxton Consolidated Schools
$8,778
25% reimbursement of rubber playground tiles and 50% reimbursement of rubber mulch. Used 36,350 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
Ponca
Dixon County
$11,832
100-ton scrap tire cleanup in Allen for Dixon County.
Red Cloud
Lower Republican Natural Resource District
$7,842
80-ton scrap tire cleanup in Red Cloud for Webster County.
Springfield
Springfield Platteview Community Schools
$26,996
25% reimbursement of 67,915 sq. ft. of an athletic track surface. Used 106,000 lbs. of crumb rubber.
Springfield
Springfield Platteview Community Schools
$107,728
25% reimbursement of an artificial turf football field. Used 208,000 lbs. of crumb rubber.
St. Paul
City of St. Paul
$2,200
25% reimbursement of a 740 sq. ft. poured-in-place playground surface. Used 3,000 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.
St. Paul
City of St. Paul
$500
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 3,900 lbs. rubber playground mulch.
St. Paul
St. Paul Public School
$10,300
50% reimbursement of 19,950 lbs. rubber playground mulch.
Stapleton
Village of Stapleton
$20,390
150-ton scrap tire cleanup in Stapleton for parts of Logan, McPherson, and Lincoln counties.
Tobias
Tobias community Club/Village of Tobias
$4,536
Proposed 50% reimbursement of 29,250 lbs. rubber playground mulch.
Valley
City of Valley
$12,080
125-ton scrap tire cleanup in Valley for parts of Douglas, Saunders, and Dodge counties (Valley, Waterloo, Bennington, Elk City, Yutan, and Fremont).
Wahoo
Lower Platte North NRD
$2,998
50% reimbursement of 17,550 lbs. of rubber playground mulch.
Walthill
Village of Walthill
$21,376
200-ton scrap tire cleanup in Walthill for Thurston County.
Waverly
Anna Handley
$1,875
50% reimbursement of 11,973 lbs. rubber playground mulch.
West Point
Lower Elkhorn NRD
$66,810
470-ton scrap tire cleanup in West Point for Cuming, Burt, Dodge, Washington, Dakota, Thurston, Douglas, Sarpy, Colfax, and Stanton counties.
Wilber
The Gingerbread House
$120
25% reimbursement of eight rubber timbers. Used 301 lbs. of recycled tire rubber.