Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Director Jim Macy recently announced that the state is awarding nearly $968,000 to support 63 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state. 

The department received more than $1.4 million in eligible requests.

“The agency received many outstanding applications from across the state,” Macy said. “These funds will provide needed support to local efforts that effectively deal with scrap tires in Nebraska.”

The funded grant projects include 21 awards to political subdivisions across Nebraska to hold scrap tire cleanup events; many in counties affected by the flooding events in 2019. The funding provided is sufficient to clean up more than 400,000 passenger tire equivalents.

City of Atkinson was awarded a $23,662 grant for its proposed 200 ton scrap tire cleanup near Atkinson and throughout Holt County.

St. Mary's Catholic School in O'Neill was awarded $17,183 as a 50 percent reimbursement grant for using rubber mulch for the playground.

The scrap tire grants are part of the department’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants program, and are funded by a $1 fee on new tires purchased in Nebraska.

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