2020 Litter, Waste and Scrap Tire grant applications accepted July 3 – August 14

Grant applications for the 2020 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive, Scrap Tire, and Litter Reduction and Recycling programs can be submitted between July 3 and Aug. 14, 2019 (4 p.m. Central Daylight Time). Grant applications for the 2020 grant term dealing with the reuse or recycling of materials from flood-related cleanup work will be given priority consideration.

Beginning with 2020, the application and award dates for these three programs have been aligned to a calendar year. The grant term will be Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. Grant decisions will be announced in December 2019.

The application guidance has been updated to reflect a change in personnel reimbursement. See the updated version of this guidance at http://deq.ne.gov/publica.nsf/pages/WAS075.

Information and guidance on how to apply can be found at the following address: http://deq.ne.gov/Publica.nsf/pages/WAS066

Eligible grant projects include, but are not limited to:

Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants
  • Recycling systems and equipment – Equipment used in integrated solid waste programs and projects, such as balers, shredders and densifiers;
  • Food and yard waste composting – Brush chippers, tub grinders, compost turners and compost screens;
  • Household hazardous waste, electronic waste, and pharmaceutical collection events and school lab chemical clean-ups;
  • Market development for recycled materials; and
  • Deconstruction of abandoned buildings (available to cities or counties with a population of 5,000 or less).
Scrap Tire Grants
  • 50% reimbursement of crumb rubber for rubber modified asphalt, manufacturing, landscaping or playground mulch;
  • 25% reimbursement of mats, tiles or poured-in-place playground surfaces, athletic tracks and artificial turf fields;
  • 100% reimbursement of the cost of scrap tire cleanup events (available to political subdivisions, only);
  • 50% reimbursement of capital costs for processing, manufacturing, collecting and transporting scrap tires; and
  • Cost-sharing for civil engineering uses ($20/ton).
Litter Reduction and Recycling Grants
  • Public Education – Funding to promote recycling and litter reduction awareness through educational activities and programs
  • Cleanup – Funding for cleanup activities on public spaces and roadways
  • Recycling – Funding for equipment and operating expenses
Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program
  • Available year-round to political subdivisions for illegal dumpsites along a road right-of-way. There are no deadlines for application.
For more information about these grants, or to discuss a project, contact:
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants – (402) 471-3457
  • Scrap Tire Grants – (402) 471-2480
  • Litter Reduction and Recycling Grants – (402) 471-4242
  • Roadside Clean-up and Illegal Dumpsite Clean-up Grants – (402) 471-2436
For questions on other grant programs offered through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, email ndeq.wastegrants@nebraska.gov.