PRESS RELEASE
from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

For more information,contact
Brian McManus (402) 471-4223, or
Jim Bunstock (402) 471-4243
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2012
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Over $1.5 Million Awarded to Recycling, Litter Programs

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Mike Linder has announced the awarding of $1,554,178 in 57 grants for litter cleanup, recycling, and public education programs and activities. Funds for the Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program are generated from a fee charged to certain manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of products that commonly contribute to litter.

“There is a growing interest in Nebraskans to have effective recycling options and for our communities to be litter free,” Linder said. “These local projects across the state will help us meet those goals.”

Examples of this year’s projects include:


Keep Nebraska Beautiful was awarded $47,845 to continue and expand the Nebraska Materials and Exchange Program and the Used Oil Collection Program, which they have operated successfully for a number of years. In the last fiscal year, nearly 24 million pounds of material were recycled or reused through the Materials Exchange Program and 194,109 gallons of used oil were collected and recycled through their Used Oil Collection Program. There were a total of 12,971 participants in both programs from all parts of the state. Both of these programs make a very significant impact on the volumes of material getting reused or recycled and they will continue to provide valuable recycling services throughout Nebraska.

Keep Northeast Nebraska Beautiful was awarded $26,445 to enhance the environment of Northeast Nebraska through solid waste planning, litter reduction, litter prevention, litter cleanups, educational awareness, and graffiti reduction and cleanup. Due to the recent Missouri River flooding which affected many communities in this part of Nebraska, Keep Northeast Nebraska Beautiful will be accelerating litter reduction and education efforts.

Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful was awarded $16,117 to provide Adopt-A-Spot mini-grants to organizations that clean up public areas from May through September. The mini-grants will be awarded for cleanup of parks, roads, alleyways and will be based on the need for cleanup, size of the area, and difficulty of the cleanup project.

Below is a listing of all grantees for 2012, listed by type of grant and project name. Also attached below is a PDF table the lists projects by city, and provides more details regarding the purpose of each grant:

Recycling Grant Awards: Angels on Wheels, Inc /Cross Training Center (Omaha), $17,100; City of South Sioux City, $3,324; G7 Innovations, Inc., dba PC Recycling, (Omaha), $111,200; Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, Inc, (Grand Island), $12,394; Green Recycling Enterprises, LLC DBA Second Nature Media, (Omaha), $13,667; Gretna Sanitation, Inc., $153,500; Keep Alliance Beautiful, $43,255; Keep Beatrice Beautiful, $2,536; Keep Chadron Beautiful, $34,104; Keep Chadron Beautiful, $4,800; Keep Columbus Beautiful, $1,670; Keep Keith County Beautiful, (Ogallala), $2,676; Keep Kimball Beautiful, $64,108; Keep Nebraska Beautiful, (Lincoln), $47,845; Keep North Platte-Lincoln County Beautiful, $43,350; Keep Schuyler Beautiful, $24,672; Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful, $25,194; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (Lincoln), $31,350; RecyclePal, Inc., (Omaha), $9,250; State of Nebraska / Game & Parks Commission, $14,650; University of NE-Lincoln (Landscape Services), $21,849; Uribe Refuse Services, Inc., (Lincoln), $17,353; Village of Eagle , $17,250; Village of Gresham, $10,000; Village of Sumner, $6,073; WasteCap Nebraska, (Lincoln), $115,330; WasteCap Nebraska, (Lincoln), $4,000.

Cleanup Grant Awards: Keep Alliance Beautiful, $1,560; Keep Beatrice Beautiful, $7,299; Keep Chadron Beautiful, $4,979; Keep Keith County Beautiful, $1,250; Keep Lincoln-Lancaster County Beautiful, $12,675; Keep North Platte-Lincoln County Beautiful, $22,764, North Platte; Keep Omaha Beautiful, $14,531; Keep Schuyler Beautiful, $500; Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful, $16,117.

Public Education Grant Awards: Board of Regents, UNL, $16,255; Grand Island Area Clean Community System, $45,782; Keep Alliance Beautiful, $31,600; Keep Beatrice Beautiful, $32,264; Keep Cass County Beautiful, (Nehawka) $21,534; Keep Chadron Beautiful, $31,030; Keep Columbus Beautiful, $21,630; Keep Fremont Beautiful, $45,233; Keep Keith County Beautiful, (Ogallala), $21,230; Keep Kimball Beautiful, $9,726; Keep Lexington Beautiful, $16,985; Keep Lincoln-Lancaster County Beautiful, $63,138; Keep Norfolk Beautiful, $20,165; Keep North Platte-Lincoln County Beautiful, $36,180; Keep Northeast Nebraska Beautiful, (South Sioux City), $26,445; Keep Omaha Beautiful, $49,750; Keep Schuyler Beautiful, $15,729; Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful, $46,231; Keep Sidney Beautiful, $23,364; Loup Basin RC & D Council, (Ord), $31,482; Product Stewardship Institute, Inc., $14,250.


Below is a table that lists grantees by city, and provides descriptions of the projects.
(See attached file: 02-15-12 LRRP table.pdf)
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