LINCOLN, Neb. (June 13, 2011)—The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a total of $1.15 million in Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants to support 63 scrap tire recycling and cleanup projects around the state, the NDEQ has announced.
Most of the grants involve reimbursements of 25 or 50 percent against the cost of crumb rubber used to fill playgrounds or athletic fields throughout the state. The two largest grants, totaling slightly more than $229,000, will fund a total of 17.56 miles of rubber-modified asphalt paving to be installed on Highway 183 in Rock County, Neb., according to NDEQ.
There were also grants for scrap tire amnesties in Hayes, Hitchcock and Jefferson counties, the department said.
Nebraskans generate an estimated 1.5 million scrap tires every year, the NDEQ said. Scrap tire cleanup is funded through a $1 fee on every new tire sold in the state.