Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Mike Linder has announced that $1,765,776 has been awarded through 55 grants for litter cleanup, recycling, and public education programs and activities.
Funds for the "Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program" are generated from a fee charged to certain manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of products that commonly contribute to litter.
"Recycling and litter reduction are important issues to all Nebraskans," Linder said. "These grants to local programs and communities will help us all meet our goal of protecting natural resources in our state."
Examples of this year's projects include:
- Keep Alliance Beautiful was awarded $34,590 to fund the "Pack it In, Pack it Out" program to clean litter from trails. The funding will also be used to make the Alliance's Heritage Days event litter free.
- Keep Kimball Beautiful was awarded $40,362 to purchase a vertical baler and collection totes to increase the ability to recycle cardboard and promote recycling by the community. A business in Kimball has devised a bin cover that is highly resistant to wind, a concern in the western part of Nebraska. The lids will be used with their new bins to reduce windblown litter.
- Keep Norfolk Beautiful was awarded $18,928 to fund programs for Norfolk's public and parochial elementary schools. Students are taught about helping the environment and then participate in community cleanup events. Norfolk's High School students learn about pollution prevention and participate in Community Service Leadership Projects.
- Keep Loup Basin Beautiful was awarded $34,966 for educational and civic programs. This Keep America Beautiful affiliate delivers programming to school children, community clubs and civic organizations in a nine county area. The Keep Loup Basin Beautiful area includes; Wheeler, Valley, Sherman, Loup, Howard, Greeley, Garfield, Custer and Blaine counties. Many events are successfully completed by groups receiving program information about fun and practical ways to clean up litter and recycle.