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$1.9 Million Awarded to Nebraska Communities for Tire Collection, Recycling Projects

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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 scrap tires," 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 will reimburse individuals and organizations for crumb rubber purchases. Linder says they will also help prevent public health and environmental problems by eliminating tire piles.

The grants are part of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants program and support both the collection of scrap tires and the purchase of new tire-derived products.

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