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
July 23, 2015

NDEQ Awards $2.26 Million in Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy today announced the awarding of $2,257,791 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 $2.01 million for projects related to tire recycling were previously announced in June.

The table below provides a list, by city, of all 2015 grantees, and includes the amount awarded and a description of the projects receiving grant support.

2015 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Award Recipients

Award Amount
Application Summary
City of Bassett
Crush 2,000 tons of concrete and reuse the material on local roads.
Trailblazer Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D)
Conduct an electronics collection event in each of the seven counties in the RC&D area.
Keep Chadron Beautiful
Maintain office paper and cardboard collection route for businesses in Chadron. They collect approximately 200,000 pounds of material in a year.
Keep Columbus Beautiful
Host two electronics collection events for Columbus and Platte County.
City of Crawford
Purchase 125 three-yard recycling containers.
Keep Fremont Beautiful
Hold a one-day household hazardous waste collection event and public education activities over the course of the year.
City of Fremont/Department of Utilities
Purchase a compost screener.
Grand Island
Grand Island Area Clean Community Systems
Operating funds for the Betty Curtis Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility run by the Grand Island Area Clean Community System.
Gretna Sanitation, Inc.
Purchase a grapple hook attachment for an existing loader to be used in harvesting organic material.
Thayer County Road Department
Purchase a used oil furnace.
Board of Regents University of Nebraska dba UNK
Purchase recycling containers for use of students, staff and visitors to the Kearney campus.
City of Kearney
Purchase six 28-cubic-yard roll-off containers for recycling.
Keep Kimball Beautiful
Provide recycling for Kimball residents and businesses. Also hold one electronics collection event for residents.
Lexington Area Solid Waste Agency
Conduct six to eight collection events over two weekends in the LASWA area.
Keep Nebraska Beautiful
Remove toxic chemicals from six high schools in Nebraska.
WasteCap Nebraska
Partner with Downtown Lincoln Association to work with bars and restaurants to create a system for collection of recyclables and compostables through cooperative use of collection containers.
Keep Nebraska Beautiful
Fund the Materials Exchange Program, which encourages the reuse of goods.
Nebraska Pharmacists Association
Statewide effort for the collection of unused medication by using registered pharmacies as disposal points.
Midland Recycling
Purchase a single-stream system which includes a pre-sort conveyor, several transfer conveyors, material separator, screens and an in-ground pit.
Lincoln Public Schools
Continue and expand established recycling program and add another half-time position.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Purchase ten recycling dumpsters.
Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department
Fund ten household hazardous waste collection events. Home-based household collection service, two latex paint collection events and household hazardous waste education.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Partners in Pollution Prevention project utilizing the resources and expertise of the NE manufacturing extension partnership to provide individualized source reduction and recycling of large waste streams including hazardous waste through the use of interns at participating Nebraska businesses.
Village of Lyman, Nebraska
Crush 3,000 tons of concrete for use in city alleys.
Red Willow County
Minimum of 52 household hazardous waste and electronics collection events in central and southwest Nebraska. Operating expenses for the household hazardous waste facility in McCook.
City of Minden
Convert existing street sweeper to a water truck and purchase transfer trailer for hauling water for composting.
Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council
Three household hazardous waste collection events in the Blair, Winnebago and North Bend areas.
Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council
Electronics collection event in Pender.
Diesel truck with hydraulic lift and rotary in-vessel composter to divert and process food waste in Omaha.
City of Omaha -- UnderTheSink HHW Facility
Operating expenses for "Under The Sink" household hazardous waste facility in Omaha.
Colfax County Highway Department
Purchase mulcher and skid loader for use in cleaning vegetation from roadside ditches. Mulch will be available at no cost to citizens.
City of Scottsbluff
Purchase trommel screen and loader to create mulch that will be used by the city and the general public.
Keep Sidney Beautiful
One electronics collection event for residents of Sidney.
South Sioux City
City of South Sioux City
Purchase and install wood chipper and wood waste burner to produce energy for a city-owned campground.
Village of Verdigre
Funding for the village recycling program and the purchase of two recycling dumpsters and a used pickup truck.
City of Wayne
Hold an electronics collection event.