Nebraska is awarding $1.93 million in grants to support more than 100 tire recycling and cleanup projects throughout the state.
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Mike Linder says the grant money comes from a $1 fee that is assessed at every new tire purchase.
"These grants put that money into use locally to help manage scraptires," explained Linder. "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 1.5 million scrap tires each year,about one tire for every person in the state, according to the department.
The grants willreimburse individuals and organizations for crumb rubber purchases. Linder says they will alsohelp prevent public health and environmental problems by eliminating tirepiles.
The grants are part of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants program and support both the collection of scrap tiresand the purchase of new tire-derived products.