Nebraska awards over $1 million for tire collection and clean up

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) director Mike Linder said that the state is awarding $1.15 million to support 63 tire recycling and clean up 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.”

Nebraskans generate over one and a half million scrap tires each year, about one tire for every person in the state. The grants awarded 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. 2011 grant recipients include:

  • Sidney High School – $28,968 to pay 25 percent of the cost of an athletic running track surface.
  • Lincoln Pius X High School –$74,123 to pay 25 percent of the cost of an artificial turf football field.