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
June 6, 2013
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More Than $1.9 Million Awarded For Tire Collection, Recycling Projects

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Mike Linder announced today that the state is awarding $1.93 million to support 101 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state.

"Nebraskans pay a $1 fee for every new tire they purchase," said Linder. "These grants put that money into use locally to help manage scrap tires. We like to see the highest possible beneficial use of these old tires, and these projects help us reach that goal."

Nebraskans generate more than one and a half million scrap tires each year, about one tire for every person in the state. The grants awarded today will reimburse individuals and organizations for crumb rubber purchases, and will help prevent public health and environmental problems by eliminating tire piles, Linder said.

The grants are part of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants program, which is administered by NDEQ. The grants support both the collection of scrap tires and the purchase of new tire-derived products. 2013 grant recipients include:

City of Columbus - $118,460.25 grant to reimburse 25% of the cost of an artificial turf football field and athletic running track surface using crumb rubber made from recycled scrap tires. 304,000 pounds of crumb rubber were used on the turf and 70,000 pounds in the running track.
City of Plattsmouth - $8,445.00 grant to reimburse 50% of the cost of 132,000 pounds of rubber playground mulch made from approximately 8,800 passenger tire equivalents.
City of Wakefield - $17,979.09 grant to reimburse 25% of the cost of rubber mats and a poured-in-place playground surface, all made from recycled scrap tires, for three playground areas.
Elm Creek Public Schools - $20,026.75 grant to reimburse 25% of the cost of an athletic running track surface using 79,000 pounds of crumb rubber made from recycled scrap tires.

Below is a listing of the 2013 Waste Reduction and Recycling Tire Grants.
Applicant Name and City
Project Description
Amount
Awarded
Adams Elementary PTO (Lincoln)
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$4,768.73
Arnold Economic Development Corp (Arnold)
50% reimbursement of rubber mulch
$6,618.50
Arnold Public School (Arnold)
25% reimbursement of athletic track surface
$21,949.94
Banner County (Harrisburg)
75-ton scrap tire cleanup
$9,252.00
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha)
50% reimbursement of 3,250 lbs. of rubber mulch
$277.50
Bertrand Community School (Bertrand)
25% reimbursement of structural spray for running track
$12,538.25
Blundell, Jerami (Sidney)
50% reimbursement of 5,995 lbs. of rubber mulch
$383.25
Bruckman Rubber Co (Hastings)
50% reimbursement of crumb rubber for manufacturing
$1,501.94
Central City Public Schools (Central City)
25% reimbursement swing mats
$443.95
Central Nebraska Community Service (Loup City)
25% reimbursement mats & borders/50% rubber mulch
$3,328.57
Ceresco, Village of
25% reimbursement of mats & 50% reimbursement of rubber mulch
$4,831.65
Christ United Methodist Church(Lincoln)
25% reimbursement of playground tiles
$2,366.79
Columbus, City of
25% reimbursement of artificial turf and track surface
$118,460.25
Conestoga Public School (Murray)
25% reimbursement of athletic running track surface
$23,750.00
Creighton University (Omaha)
25% reimbursement of artificial turf-indoor practice field
$35,145.25
Creighton University (Omaha)
25% reimbursement artificial turf at soccer stadium
$106,015.54
Custer County Recycling (Broken Bow)
100-ton scrap tire cleanup
$9,776.00
Deshler Lutheran School (Deschler)
50% reimbursement of 9,750 lbs. of rubber mulch
$1,525.00
Dixon County School Dist 1 (Ponca)
25% reimbursement of athletic running track surface
$23,632.50
Douglas Co West Community School (Valley)
25% reimbursement of athletic running track surface
$23,750.00
Elm Creek Public Schools (Elm Creek)
25% reimbursement of athletic running track surface
$20,026.75
Fairbury Public Schools (Fairbury)
25% reimbursement of athletic running track surface
$23,721.00
Faith Lutheran School (Lincoln)
50% reimbursement of 6,640 lbs. of rubber mulch
$830.40
Frontier County (Stockville)
60-ton scrap tire cleanup
$6,098.00
Garden County Hwy Dept (Oshkosh)
200-ton scrap tire cleanup
$25,700.00
Gardner, Sheryl (Cook)
50% reimbursement of 4,515 lbs. of rubber mulch
$288.44
Genoa, City of (Nance Co)
100-ton scrap tire cleanup
$8,620.00
Gering Public Schools (Gering)
50% reimbursement of 81,900 lbs. of rubber mulch
$12,457.50
Gingerbread House, The (Wilber)
50% reimbursement rubber mulch/25% playground mats
$964.81
Gordon Elementary School (Gordon)
25% reimbursement borders; 50% rubber mulch
$1,262.89
Grand Island Central Catholic (Grand Island)
25% reimbursement athletic track surface
$19,613.75
Greeley-Wolbach Public School (Wolbach)
50% reimbursement of 8,640 lbs. of rubber mulch
$1,200.40
Guide Rock, Village of
50% reimbursement of 27,300 lbs. of rubber mulch
$3,878.00
Hastings Catholic Schools
50% reimbursement of rubber mulch
$4,765.00
Holdrege, City of (Phelps/Harlan/Furnas)
300-ton scrap tire cleanup
$25,302.00
Johnson Brock Foundation (Johnson)
25% reimbursement of artificial turf athletic field
$69,351.71
Keep Alliance Beautiful (Alliance)
50% reimbursement of 95,550 lbs. landscape mulch
$15,444.00
Kimball, City of (Kimball County)
200-ton scrap tire cleanup
$22,990.00
Lexington, City of
50% reimbursement of 174,000 lbs. of rubber mulch
$19,460.00
Lincoln Parks & Recreation Dept.
25% of playground mats for 4 playgrounds
$15,022.56
Lower Loup NRD (Ord) 9 County
400-ton scrap tire cleanup
$36,354.00
Lower Loup NRD (Albion)
75-ton scrap tire cleanup
$6,410.00
Lower Platte North NRD (Platte Center)
75-ton scrap tire cleanup
$6,410.00
LP Stewart & Sons, Inc. (Lincoln)
50% reimbursement of 9,060 lbs. of rubber mulch
$906.00
Lyons-Decatur Northeast School (Lyons)
25% reimbursement of athletic track surface
$20,103.00
Madison Public Schools (Madison)
25% reimbursement of athletic track surface
$24,150.00
McCook, City of (7 county)
500-ton scrap tire cleanup - 7 counties
$46,075.00
McCook Public Schools
25% reimbursement of athletic track surface
$26,329.50
Menke, Joseph (Grand Island)
25% reimbursement of park benches made from tires
$136.12
Millard Public Schools (Omaha)
25% reimbursement of artificial turf soccer field
$53,956.00
Morrill County (Bridgeport)
200-ton scrap tire cleanup
$26,900.00
Mullen, Village of
30-ton scrap tire cleanup
$4,620.00
Mullen, Village of
25% reimbursement of picnic tables made from tires
$322.00
Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln)
25% reimbursement of artificial turf football field
$88,347.50
North Central Development District (Ainsworth)
50% reimbursement rubber mulch
$1,937.50
Nuckolls County
200-ton scrap tire cleanup
$15,250.00
Odell Area Comm. Enrichment (Odell)
50% reimbursement of 12,838 lbs. of rubber mulch
$1,411.18
Omaha Public Schools-Highland Elementary
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$6,278.00
Omaha Public Schools-Franklin Elementary
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$2,385.00
Omaha Public Schools-Druid Hill Elementary
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$4,782.00
Omaha Public Schools-Standing Bear
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$9,720.00
Omaha Public Schools-Washington Elementary
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$8,063.31
Omaha Public Schools-Western Hills
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$6,293.00
Omaha Public Schools-Jackson Elementary
25% reimbursement of playground mats
$13,534.00
OPS-Norris Middle School-Berquist Stadium
25% artificial turf & running track surface
$104,393.00
Omaha Public Schools-North High
25% artificial turf, running track & D zone surfaces
$112,383.75
Overton Public School (Overton)
25% reimbursement base mat & black structural spray runways
$2,390.50
Papillion, City of
25% reimbursement poured-in-place playground surface
$8,406.00
Papio Missouri River NRD (Arlington)
10-county 500-ton scrap tire cleanup
$43,000.00
Plattsmouth, City of
50% reimbursement of 132,000 lbs. of rubber mulch
$8,445.00
Ralston Public Schools (Ralston)
50% rubber mulch/25% pour-in-place 4 schools
$23,721.75
RGEM Investments, LLC (Lincoln)
50% reimbursement of 7,800 lbs. of rubber mulch
$1,816.18
St. Gerald Catholic School (Ralston)
50% reimbursement of 62,400 lbs. rubber mulch
$9,304.00
St. Paul, City of
50-ton scrap tire cleanup
$5,419.50
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (Omaha)
25% reimbursement of artificial turf
$40,700.00
St. Wenceslaus School (Wahoo)
50% reimbursement of 18,000 pounds of rubber mulch
$1,535.00
Sandhill Plastics (Kearney)
50% reimbursement of 45,011 lbs. of crumb rubber for manufacturing
$2,564.16
Scotts Bluff County (Gering)
500-ton scrap tire cleanup
$59,832.00
Sherman County (Loup City)
25% reimbursement 4 benches made from recycled tires
$239.00
Sidney, City of (Cheyenne County)
300-ton scrap tire cleanup
$33,301.25
Skutt Catholic High School (Omaha)
25% reimbursement artificial turf soccer/football field
$104,000.00
South Sioux City, City of
50% reimbursement of 43,900 lbs. of rubber mulch
$3,950.00
Southern Valley Schools (Oxford)
50% reimbursement or 6,261 lbs. of rubber mulch
$1,314.81
Spencer, Village of (Boyd County)
300-ton scrap tire cleanup
$34,020.00
Superior Public Schools
25% reimbursement of athletic running track surface
$13,303.00
Syracuse Foundation, Inc.(Syracuse)
25% reimbursement of poured-in-place playground surface
$10,806.25
Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca PS(Syracuse)
25% reimbursement of poured-in-place playground surface
$7,073.30
Tecumseh, City of
25% reimbursement of 3 park benches made from tires
$179.25
Tekamah, City of
50% reimbursement of 37,050 lbs. of rubber mulch
$5,082.50
Tekamah, City of
250-ton scrap tire cleanup
$21,750.00
Tekamah-Herman Schools (Tekamah)
50% reimbursement of 7,800 lbs. of rubber mulch
$4,150.00
Thedford, Village of(Thomas/Cherry Co)
115-ton scrap tire cleanup
$13,311.00
Tri-County Public Schools (DeWitt)
50% reimbursement of 74,100 lbs. of rubber mulch
$11,250.00
Trinity Lutheran Church (Auburn)
50% reimbursement of 29,944 lbs. of rubber mulch
$1,796.64
Twin River Public Schools (Genoa)
25% reimbursement of athletic track surface
$24,777.50
UN of Nebraska Athletics (Lincoln)
25% reimbursement of Haymarket Park practice artificial turf
$25,473.50
UN of Nebraska Athletics (Lincoln)
25% reimbursement of artificial turf patch south of Weir track
$3,037.50
Wakefield, City of
25% reimbursement of playground tiles
$17,979.09
Wakefield Community School-Wakefield
25% reimbursement of playground tiles
$22,041.68
Walthill Public School (Walthill)
50% reimbursement of 13,650 lbs. of rubber mulch
$2,130.00
Wilcox-Hildreth Public School (Wilcox)
25% reimbursement running track & black structural spry
$27,850.25