The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) acting director Patrick Rice recently announced the awarding of over $4.2 million in grants through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund.
“These funds are used for a wide variety of projects to reduce waste, promote recycling and address the issue of scrap tire piles,” Rice said. “The grants will provide support to important local environmental improvement efforts across the state.”
Locally, the Fillmore County Board of Supervisors were the recipients of a $12,148 grant to be used for a scrap-tire clean-up event. The funding was earmarked for a 150-ton scrap tire clean-up. The local event is slated to take place on Friday, August 1, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. Being accepted at the scrap-tire clean-up are car/pick-up tires; truck (semi); pivot and tractor tires—no rims or tubes. The event is also open to Fillmore County residents only.
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund is generated by a fee on solid waste disposed of in landfills, and annual retail business sales fee and a fee assessed on the sale of new tires for motor vehicles. The Fillmore County Development Corporation helps with the local tire-recycling event.