Nebraska Awards $1.9 Million for Tire Collection, Recycling Projects

More than 100 projects are slated to receive grant money.

June 24, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

Mike Linder, director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, has announced that the state is awarding $1.93 million to support 101 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state.

"Nebraskans pay a $1 fee for every new tire they purchase," says Linder. "These grants put that money into use locally to help manage scrap tires. We like to see the highest possible beneficial use of these old tires, and these projects help us reach that goal."

Nebraskans generate more than one and a half million scrap tires each year, about one tire for every person in the state. The grants awarded today will reimburse individuals and organizations for crumb rubber 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. |

To view the list of grant recipients, click on NebraskaTireGrants.pdf