from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

For more information,contact
Brian McManus (402) 471-4223, or
Amanda Woita (402) 471-4243
For Immediate Release
June 2, 2016

NDEQ Awards $3.45 Million in Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy today announced the awarding of $3,454,825 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 $2.08 million for projects related to tire recycling were previously announced in April.

The table below provides a list, by city, of all 2016 grantees, and includes the amount awarded and a description of the projects receiving grant support.

2016 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Award Recipients

Award Amount
Application Summary
Sid Dillon Ford, Inc.
Purchase a waste oil burner heating system.
Keep Chadron Beautiful
Expenses to collect cardboard and paper from over 50 locations in Chadron for shipment to market.
Keep Columbus Beautiful
Host a one-day household hazardous waste collection event for Columbus and Platte County residents.
Keep Columbus Beautiful
Two computer and electronic collection events for Platte County residents.
Falls City
Recycling Center Inc.
Skidsteer for recycling center.
Keep Fremont Beautiful, Inc.
Host a one-day household hazardous waste event for Fremont and Dodge County.
City of Fremont/Dept. of Utilities
Funds toward a compost turner to process 4,000 tons of biosolids and 1,800 tons of yard waste annually.
City of Gering
Funds toward a shredder/grinder for use at the City of Gering landfill.
Keep Kimball Beautiful
Expenses to provide recycling collection services to rural residents and area businesses in Kimball.
Lexington Area Solid Waste Agency
Host 6-8 household hazardous waste and e-waste collection events in the LASWA service area.
Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity
Host a donation event in Lincoln to collect new/gently used furnishings and home improvement products for the Habitat for Humanity's ReStore.
Keep Nebraska Beautiful
Fund the Nebraska Materials Exchange Program to find recycling and reuse recipients for products no longer needed by businesses.
WasteCap Nebraska
Develop policies and plans to increase waste reduction and resource recovery in Hastings, Broken Bow, and Louisville.
Lincoln Public Schools
Recycling containers and expenses to continue recycling at all LPS buildings.
Solid Waste Management Division of Public Works and Utilities
Funds to hire a consulting firm to promote waste reduction and increase the amount of material reused and recycled in Lincoln.
Solid Waste Management Division Public Works and Utilities
Purchase 17 thirty-cubic-yard containers for recycling at the Lincoln-Lancaster County's 29 drop-off sites.
Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department
Host 5-6 household hazardous waste collections and 2 small business waste collections.
Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department
Contractual services for the Lincoln Lancaster Co. Health Dept. to site a permanent household hazardous waste facility for Lincoln/Lancaster Co. residents.
Red Willow County
Conduct 47 household hazardous waste collections and 17 pickup/disposals in 23 Nebraska counties. Purchase light bulb/tube crusher and computer to assist with collections.
Mexico, MO
Enginuity Worldwide
Feasibility work to produce Enginuity Bio-Coal engineered biomass fuel, and develop new Nebraska-grown renewable bio-based products from agricultural waste materials that will be diverted from landfills.
North Platte
Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful
Pilot project with ABC Recycling to recycle and divert industrial materials from businesses. Year 1 targets: NPPD Gerald Gentleman Station and Great Plains Health.
Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council
Conduct three household hazardous waste collection events in the NE Loess Hills RC&D Council's service area.
Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council
Conduct one electronics waste collection event in Scribner.
Western Resources Group
Market development to produce animal bedding made from paperboard and corrugated cardboard.
Green Recycling Enterprises, LLC
Purchase 45 recycling containers to expand the "Recycle on the Go" program in Lincoln, Elkhorn and Omaha.
Firstar Fiber
Funds toward a shredder to turn agricultural plastic film (bales, tarps, bags) into industrial grade waxes and additives.
Scrap Central, Inc.
Funds toward a wire chopper to separate copper from plastic insulation and divert materials from the landfill.
Goodwill Industries, Inc.
50% of the cost of a truck to collect end-of-life electronic equipment for recycling.
Nebraska State Recycling Association
Mini-grant program to pay operational costs of struggling non-profit and municipal recycling programs.
City of Omaha – “Under The Sink” Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Expenses to operate Omaha's "Under The Sink" regional household hazardous waste facility for Douglas and Sarpy counties.
Papio Valley Nursery
Funds toward a wood burning boiler system to burn wood chip waste from wholesale nursery operation to heat several greenhouses in winter.
Keep Scottsbluff Gering Beautiful
Host one household hazardous waste collection event for Scottsbluff, Gering, Terrytown and surrounding area.
Keep Sidney Beautiful
Host one electronics collection event for Sidney residents.
South Sioux City
City of South Sioux City
50% of the cost of a compost spreader to apply material on public lands.
Soil Dynamics Composting Farm, Inc.
50% of the cost of an eco-friendly garbage can wash system/trailer in connection with Louisville Public Schools' organic food waste diversion project "No Waste Zone."
Middle Niobrara NRD
Purchase a wood chipper and expenses to reduce overgrown Eastern Red Cedar and Ponderosa Pine trees in NRD area. Wood chips to be recycled and sold.
City of Wayne
Host an electronics waste collection event for residents of the City of Wayne.