NDEQ awards $1.9 million in waste reduction and recycling grants

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Nebraska Department of Environmental announced the awarding of $1.9 million in grants to 32 recipients through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund.

In Lincoln, the city's Solid Waste Management Division received $124,475 for personnel costs and year 2 of a 3 year residential and commercial recycling education campaign.

The University of Nebraska also received $69,778, while the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department was given $178,202.

Lincoln Public Schools received $24,892 for a compost program to divert of 1.1 million pounds of cafeteria waste.

For 2018, the Department received over $4.4 million in eligible grant applications.

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 nearly $1.6 million for projects related to tire recycling were previously announced in June (more information).