The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) has awarded North Platte more than $260,000 in funds through their Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive and Litter Reduction and Recycling grant programs.

The grants are part of a $6.7 million package to support reducing waste and litter and promote recycling throughout Nebraska. Funds are to be used for program implementation, covering costs of scrap tire cleanup as well as waste collection of hazardous household materials, electronics and pharmaceuticals. 

Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful received three grants totaling $161,309 to pay for cleanups, recycling, and public education. The grant money will go toward supplies, environmental themed education, community presentations and increased awareness of recycling programs and drop-off sites.

Also, All Business and Commercial (ABC) Recycling received a $106,920 grant to provide an easily accessible consolidation hub and drop-off location for area municipalities. 

Grants like these help improve the community through removing litter from North Platte’s public streets, waterways, and recreational areas, the NDEE said. Recycling programs are beneficial because they provide alternatives to solid waste ending up in Nebraska’s landfills.

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