Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Acting Director Patrick Rice announced July 8 the awarding of $4,296,581 in grants through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Fund.
“These funds are used for a wide variety of projects to reduce waste, promote recycling and address the issue of scrap tire piles,” Rice said.
Eighty-six communities with 155 projects in Nebraska will receive funds including Little Blue Natural Resources District located in Davenport. The district will receive $16,600 to conduct a 200-ton scrap tire cleanup for Clay, Nuckolls, and Thayer counties.
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant 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.
Locally, the LBNRD, in conjunction with Thayer County Commissioners and Trailblazer Resources will use allotted funds for a scrap tire collection in August. The collection is open to Thayer County residents only and will be conducted at the Thayer County Road Department storage lot located at 1309 Road 6100, in Hebron. The lot sets directly east of the Road Department office across First Street.
Anyone wishing to drop off tires may do so Friday, August 15, from 7 a.m. to noon. The Department asks individuals to use the south entrance (Dove Road) to the lot and notes that participants are responsible for unloading their own tires.
Also no rims, tubes, semi loads or dealers are allowed. And no early or late drop-offs will be accepted.
For more information call Trailblazer RD&D at 402-768-6126 or 402-746-3560.