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
May 3, 2012
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More Than $1.8 Million Awarded For Tire Collection, Recycling Projects

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Mike Linder announced today that the state is awarding $1.86 million to support 131 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 and equipment 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. 2012 grant recipients include:

Chadron Public Schools – $20,180.96 – 25% reimbursement of an athletic running track surface at Chadron High School. 79,200 pounds of crumb rubber made from recycled tires were used in the surface.
Chase County Schools – $23,202.58 – 25% reimbursement of an athletic running track surface at Chase County High School in Imperial. 93,000 pounds of crumb rubber made from recycled tires were used in the surface.
Fremont Public Schools – $9,678.40 - 50% reimbursement of 83,440 pounds of rubber playground mulch made from recycled tires.
City of Norfolk – $79,938.28 – 25% reimbursement of artificial turf for the football field in Norfolk Veterans Memorial Park. 314,000 pounds of crumb rubber made from recycled tires were used in the turf.

Below is a listing of the 2012 Waste Reduction and Recycling Tire Grants.

Applicant Name and City
Project Description
Amount
Awarded
Ainsworth, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$11,922
Atkinson, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$20,077
Auburn, City of
50% reimbursement for 50,940 pounds of crumb
rubber for playground
$3,231
Bassett, City of and Rock County
scrap tire cleanup
$16,462
Bayard Public Schools
25% reimbursement, athletic running track surface
$21,750
Beatrice Public Schools (Beatrice)
25% reimbursement, artificial turf and athletic running track
$91,899
Bethel Evangelical Free Church
(N. Platte)
50% reimbursement for 27,300 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$4,788
Bennet, Village of
50% reimbursement for 29,250 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$4,325
Bright Morning Star (Lincoln)
50% reimbursement for 19,500 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$2,950
Bruckman Rubber Co (Hastings)
50% reimbursement for 13,406 pounds of crumb rubber for manufacturing
$1,138
Cass County Dept. of Roads (2 sites)
scrap tire cleanup
$14,353
Cedar Bluffs Public Schools
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$11,163
Cedar County (Hartington)
scrap tire cleanup
$11,432
Central City, City of
25% reimbursement for 12 picnic tables made from crumb rubber
$1,787
Chadron Public Schools
25% reimbursement for athletic running track surface
$20,181
Chase County Schools (Imperial)
25% reimbursement for athletic running track surface
$23,203
Columbus, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$13,500
Creighton Community School (Creighton)
25% structural spray for athletic track surface
$9,812
Creighton University (Omaha)
25% reimbursement for artificial turf for baseball & soccer fields
$158,818
Dakota Co. Road Dept. (Hubbard)
scrap tire cleanup
$10,007
David City, City of
50% reimbursement of 60,450 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$8,535
David City Public Works & Recycling
scrap tire cleanup
$18,470
David City Public Schools (David City)
50% reimbursement for 5,850 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$798
David City Public Schools (David City)
25% reimbursement for two rubber spinner playground pads
$234
Dixon County (Ponca)
scrap tire cleanup
$9,016
Doane College (Crete)
25% reimbursement for artificial turf
$96,143
Eastridge Presbyterian Church (Lincoln
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$4,875
Elmwood-Murdock Pub School
(Elmwood)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$23,181
First Lutheran Church (Fremont)
50% reimbursement for 14,400 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$1,064
Fremont, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$21,676
Fremont Public Schools
50% reimbursement for 83,440 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$9,678
Fullerton Public Schools (Fullerton)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$3,382
Gage County (Beatrice)
scrap tire cleanup
$17,492
Garden County Schools (Oshkosh)
50% reimbursement for 76,050 pounds of crumb rubber for two playgrounds
$11,325
Gingerbread House, The (Wilber)
25% reimbursement for mats; 50% reimbursement for crumb rubber for playground
$1,372
Goldenrod Hills Community Action Headstart (Wisner)
25% reimbursement for rubber timbers for playground
$502
Hall County Hwy Dept. (Grand Island)
scrap tire cleanup
$15,842
Hamilton Recreation, Inc.(Aurora)
25% reimbursement for artificial turf for football/soccer field
$72,730
Hastings Public Schools
50% reimbursement for 52,650 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$7,891
Hastings Solid Waste Dept. (Hastings)
scrap tire cleanup
$19,403
Jefferson County (Fairbury)
scrap tire cleanup
$8,339
Johnson County (Tecumseh)
scrap tire cleanup
$7,365
Johnson-Brock Athletic Club (Johnson)
25% reimbursement for poured-in-place playground surface
$6,559
Joy Preschool-1st Church(Oxford)
50% reimbursement for 21,450 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$3,225
Kearney, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$16,975
Kearney County (Minden)
scrap tire cleanup
$12,864
Keep Alliance Beautiful, Inc. (Alliance)
50% reimbursement for 1,712 pounds of crumb rubber for landscape mulch
$295
Keep Alliance Beautiful, Inc. (Alliance)
50% reimbursement for 77,974 pounds of crumb rubber for landscape mulch
$10,722
Keith County (Ogallala)
scrap tire cleanup
$11,796
Kidz Kare (Grand Island)
25% reimbursement for artificial turf for daycare playground
$10,544
Kingdom Kids Christian Daycare
(McCook)
50% reimbursement 13,650 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$2,594
Kiwanis Club of Milford (Milford)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$3,545
Knox County (Center)
scrap tire cleanup
$8,810
Lexington, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$13,702
Lincoln Christian School Assn. (Lincoln)
25% reimbursement for athletic track surface
$22,621
Little Blue NRD(Thayer/Nuckolls/Clay Counties)
scrap tire cleanup
$15,825
Longfellow Elem (Hastings Public Schools)
50% reimbursement for 10,933 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$855
Lower Elkhorn NRD (Norfolk)
scrap tire cleanup
$12,370
Lower Elkhorn NRD (West Point) 9 county
scrap tire cleanup
$20,537
Lower Republican NRD (Harlan/Franklin/Webster)
scrap tire cleanup for 3 sites
$13,600
Madrid, Village of
scrap tire cleanup for Perkins Co & surrounding areas
$18,635
McGinley Construction (Ogallala)
50% reimbursement for 11,700 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$1,500
Merrick County Hwy. Dept. (Central City)
scrap tire cleanup
$8,238
Millard Star Soccer Association-Omaha Sports Complex
50% reimbursement for 20,000 pounds of crumb rubber for artificial turf infill
$1,787
Nebraska City Public Schools
25% reimbursement for athletic running track
$23,759
Nemaha County (Auburn)
scrap tire cleanup
$9,607
Nemaha NRD (Tecumseh)
50% reimbursement for crumb rubber for playground
$3,063
Newman Grove Pub Sch-Newman Grv
50% reimbursement for crumb rubber for playground
$2,869
Norfolk, City of
25% reimbursement for artificial turf football field
$79,938
North Platte, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$17,153
Northwest Community Action Partnership Headstart - Chadron
50% reimbursement for 44,850 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$9,444
NOVA Treatment Community, Inc.(Omaha)
25% reimbursement for three 8' picnic tables made from tires
$472
Omaha Christian Academy (Omaha)
50% reimbursement for 28,471 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$1,958
Omaha, City of - Public Works Dept.
scrap tire cleanup (neighborhood)
$12,565
Omaha Public Schools (Catlin Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$9,995
Omaha Public Schools (Saratoga Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$6,413
Omaha Public Schools (Belvedere Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$15,059
Omaha Public Schools (Chandler Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$14,770
Omaha Public Schools (Adams Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$11,422
Omaha Public Schools (Dundee Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$15,509
Omaha Public Schools (Wakonda Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$6,092
Omaha Public Schools (Gomez Heritage)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$6,374
Omaha Public Schools (Beals Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$3,016
Omaha Public Schools (Crestridge Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$6,013
Omaha Public Schools (Harrison Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$4,286
Omaha Public Schools (Focus-Wilson Elementary)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$20,317
Omaha Public Schools (Prairie Wind)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$13,348
Omaha Pub Schools (Ashland Park Robbins)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$13,166
Orleans, Village of
50% reimbursement for 15,600 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$2,300
Orleans, Village of
scrap tire cleanup
$8,865
Overton Public School Dist. (Overton)
25% structural spray on walking track surface
$23,131
Otoe County (Nebraska City, Syracuse, Palmyra)
scrap tire cleanup
$32,628
Papillion, City of
25% reimbursement for poured-in-place splash pad
$8,144
Pawnee City Public School (Pawnee City)
25% reimbursement for poured-in-place playground surface
$9,796
Pawnee County (Pawnee City)
scrap tire cleanup
$5,591
Pierce County (Pierce)
scrap tire cleanup
$8,425
Plattsmouth Community Schools (Weeping Water)
50% reimbursement for 18,860 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$2,086
Rader, Brad (Brock)
50% reimbursement for 2,177 pounds of crumb rubber
$152
Ralston Public Schools (4 elementary schools)
Reimbursement for 25% playground poured-in-place & 50% crumb rubber
$36,910
Raymond Central Pub Schools (Raymond)
25% reimbursement for athletic track surface
$19,433
Richardson County (Falls City)
scrap tire cleanup
$15,752
St. Edward, City of
50% reimbursement for 8,730 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$988
St. Ludger's Elementary (Creighton)
50% reimbursement for 49,920 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$9,984
St. Stephen the Martyr (Omaha)
25% reimbursement for mats; 50% reimbursement for 93,600 pounds of crumb rubber
$15,079
Saline County (Wilber)
scrap tire cleanup
$12,665
Salvation Army Kroc Community Center (Omaha)
25% reimbursement for artificial turf for football/soccer field
$65,555
Sandhill Plastics, Inc. (Kearney)
50% reimbursement for crumb rubber for manufacturing flooring
$4,847
Sanitary Improvement Dist.#6(Emerald)
scrap tire cleanup
$27,950
Saunders Co. Hwy. Dept. (Wahoo)
scrap tire cleanup
$12,339
Schuyler, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$9,372
Schuyler Community Schools (Schuyler)
50% reimbursement for crumb rubber to add to playground
$6,125
Seward County (Seward)
scrap tire cleanup
$17,160
Sidney Public Schools (Sidney)
25% reimbursement for additional cost of running track
$7,893
Sitzman, Debra (Lincoln)
50% reimbursement for landscaping rubber mulch
$62
SWANN (Chadron)
scrap tire cleanup
$12,327
South Sioux City, City of
50% reimbursement for 4,225 sq ft @ 4", crumb rubber for playground
$3,976
SoEast Nebraska YMCA Foundation, Inc (Beatrice)
50% reimbursement for crumb rubber / 25% mats for playground
$12,911
Southern Public Schools (Wymore)
25% reimbursement for playground mats
$1,548
Stapleton, Village of
scrap tire cleanup
$9,800
Sterling, Village of
scrap tire cleanup
$1,008
Superior Public Schools (Superior)
25% reimbursement for playground tiles
$8,777
Sutherland Public School
25% reimbursement for athletic running track surface
$21,374
Tecumseh, City of
25% reimbursement for 4 6-ft. benches made from crumb rubber
$239
University of Nebraska Foundation (Kearney)
25% reimbursement for artificial turf for UNK baseball infield
$37,657
Upper Big Blue NRD (Fillmore County)
scrap tire cleanup
$7,651
Valentine, City of
25% reimbursement for four 8' picnic tables made from crumb rubber
$721
Valley, City of
scrap tire cleanup
$9,861
Wayne County (Wayne)
scrap tire cleanup
$10,867
West Holt Public School (Atkinson)
25% reimbursement for structural spray for track
$14,777
Wolfe, Dan G. (Raymond)
50% reimbursement for 4,220 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$449
York, City of
50% reimbursement for 17,550 pounds of crumb rubber for playground
$1,998