Nebraska DEQ Awards $1.7 Million in Grants

State helps to fund waste reduction and recycling projects.

October 10, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Mike Linder, the director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has announced that it has awarded $1.7 million in grants for waste reduction and recycling projects to a number of companies, nonprofit groups and government agencies. 
The funds come from the state’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund. This 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 DEQ awarded a total of $775,965 to 15 public, private or nonprofit organizations from the business fee. Funding recipients are:
  • G7 Innovations Inc., dba PC Recycling, $129,646 to host 12 community collection events throughout Nebraska; 
  • Grand Island Area Clean Community System, $33,151 for a hazardous household waste permanent facility; 
  • Gretna Sanitation Inc., $54,067 to purchase a used wheel loader to compost yard waste; 
  • Habitat for Humanity, $28,995 to purchase a used 16-foot box city van for picking up donated materials and a narrow aisle reach truck to move materials within a second ReStore; 
  • Joslyn Castle Institute for Sustainable Communities, $83,100 for “Net Zero Waste Template” for communities; 
  • Keep Columbus Beautiful, $12,313 to host one household hazardous waste collection event for citizens; 
  • Keep Fremont Beautiful, $25,884 to host a one-day household hazardous waste collection event in Fremont for citizens of Fremont, Arlington, Inglewood and Dodge County; 
  • Keep Kimball Beautiful, $22,762 to purchase a shredder and to finance the Keep Kimball Beautiful program; 
  • Nebraska Loess Hills Resource Conservation and Development, $16,084 to host three household hazardous waste collection events in the cities of Bancroft, Dakota City/South Sioux City and Decatur;
  • Nebraska Loess Hills Resource Conservation and Development, $1,250 for an electronics collection event; 
  • Nebraska State Recycling Association, $140,081 to implement FilterPave glass paving projects; 
  • Nebraska State Recycling Association, $117,150 for a recycling study; 
  • SectorNow LLC, $31,036 to expand its waste assessment software, to develop a hospitality industry module to include hazardous waste materials and hazardous waste handling assessment and add a GPS-driven waste resource directory based on WasteCap Nebraska’s environmental service providers guidebook;
  • Trailblazer Resource Conservation and Development, $20,029 for household hazardous waste collections in the counties of Clay, Thayer, Nuckolls, Webster, Franklin and Harlan; and
  • WasteCap Nebraska, Lincoln, $60,417 for a Sustainable Business Certification pilot program. 
Funds from the disposal fee, totaling $916,461, were awarded to:
  • City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities, $20,868 for public education;
  • City of Omaha, Environmental Quality Division, $280,000 for an under-the-sink permanent household hazardous waste facility; 
  • Four Corners Health Department, $15,645 to host three household hazardous waste collection events in York, Seward and Butler counties; 
  • Lexington Area Solid Waste Agency, $22,121 for seven household hazardous and electronics waste collection events in the area; 
  • Lincoln Public Schools, $13,292 for 50 percent of the salary for a recycling coordinator for one year; 
  • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, $111,255 to host from five to eight household hazardous waste collection events and two Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator collections in the Lincoln, Lancaster County, area; 
  • Nemaha Natural Resources District, $35,568 to host nine household hazardous waste collections events in a seven county area, which includes Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson and Saline counties; 
  • Nemaha Natural Resources District, $26,900 to purchase a brush chipper for use with invasive woody vegetation within the Nemaha Natural Resources Districts area; 
  • Omaha Public Power District, $55,500 for the third year of the refrigerator recycling program for consumers living in the Omaha Public Power District service area;
  • Otoe County Roads Department, $93,056 to purchase a compact track loader, mulching head attachment and trailer to grind and mulch brush and small trees in Otoe County road ditches; 
  • Red Willow County $105,950 to host 40 household hazardous waste collection events in Nebraska, collecting household hazardous waste, computers, paint, batteries and fluorescent bulbs; 
  • Seward/Saline County Solid Waste Management Agency, $7,972 to purchase a recycling bin trailer for use by citizens of Beaver Crossing and the surrounding rural area; 
  • Solid Waste Agency of Northwest Nebraska (SWANN), $28,032 to purchase four roll-off boxes for cardboard collected in the SWANN area; 
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UN-L), $54,998 to combine the environmental management experience of UN-L’s Pollution Prevention Program and the innovative manufacturing expertise of the UN-L Non-Traditional Manufacturing group to provide waste-reduction assistance to at least ten Nebraska businesses; 
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, $35,800 for supplies to conduct training on waste management within a sustainable facility; and
  • Village of Verdigre, $9,504 for new activities designed to increase the volume and types of materials recycled.