For more information, contact:
Carla Felix (402) 471-4223
Amanda Woita (402) 471-4243
Nathanael Urie (402) 471-4245

May 17, 2023

2024 Waste, Litter, and Scrap Tire grant applications accepted June 28 through Aug. 9

Grant applications for the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) 2024 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive, Litter Reduction and Recycling, and Scrap Tire programs can be submitted between June 28 and August 9, 2023 (4:00 p.m. CST). The grant term will be January 1 through December 31, 2024. Grant decisions will be announced in December 2023. An estimated $3 million will be available for Litter grants and $4.5 million for Waste grants.

A grant application guidance document to aid grant applicants in the preparation of an application can be found at:

A technical guide with instruction on how to use the Waste and Litter grant application software can be found at:

The link to the NDEE application is: Please see the technical guide for instructions.

Eligible grant projects include, but are not limited to:

Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants:
  • Recycling systems and equipment – Equipment used in integrated solid waste programs and projects, such as balers, shredders, densifiers, and trucks/trailers to collect recyclables
  • Food and yard waste composting – brush chippers, tub grinders, compost turners, and compost screens
  • Household hazardous waste, electronic waste, and pharmaceutical collection events
  • School chemical cleanouts
  • Market development for recycled materials
  • Deconstruction of abandoned buildings owned by the city/county (available to cities of the first class, cities of the second class, villages, and counties of 5,000 or fewer in population)
Scrap Tire Grants:
  • 50% reimbursement of crumb rubber for rubber modified asphalt, manufacturing, landscaping, or playground mulch
  • 25% reimbursement of mats or tiles for playgrounds, poured-in-place playground surfaces, athletic tracks, and artificial turf football, soccer, and baseball fields
  • 100% reimbursement of the cost of scrap tire cleanup events (political subdivisions, only)
  • 50% reimbursement of capital costs for processing, manufacturing, collection, and transporting scrap tires
  • Cost-sharing for civil engineering uses ($20/ton)
Litter Reduction and Recycling Grants:
  • Public Education – funding to promote recycling and litter reduction awareness through educational activities and programs
  • Cleanup – funding for cleanup activities on public spaces and roadways
  • Recycling – funding for equipment and operating expenses
Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program:
  • Available year-round to political subdivisions for illegal dumpsites along a road right-of-way. There are no deadlines for applications. The applications are currently received on paper.

For more information, or to discuss a project contact:
Phone: 402-471-2186
Web site: