IMPORTANT!!! LB945: Transfer of Funds from NDEQ

This bill provides for a transfer of funds out of both the Litter Reduction & Recycling Grant Fund and the Waste Reduction & Recycling Grant Fund. The Litter Grant Fund transfer would increase from $200,000 to $700,000, and the Waste Reduction & Recycling Grant transfer would increase from $400,000 to $900,000. These are the same amounts transferred in July, 2017 that resulted in greatly reduced funding for 2018 Litter Grant recipients, like NRC and Keep Nebraska Beautiful affiliates, and that will adversely affect 2018-19 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants due Feb. 1.

The hearing for this bill will be on Monday, January 22 at 1:30 pm CST in the Appropriations Committee, Room 1524. It is important that city officials and other entities that will be affected send written testimony about how this would adversely affect programs that are essential for waste reduction and recycling before the hearing. Testimony can be address to Sen. John Stinner, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, jstinner@leg.ne.gov.
 

LB762: Don’t let these funds “retire”

Introduced by Senator Hughes, LB762 extends funding for the scrap tire recycling grants which is set to expire in 2019. The bill was referred to the Natural Resources Committee on January 8th.
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Tire Grants support local efforts to clean up old tire piles, conduct community collection events, and are used by organizations and schools to purchase products made from scrap tires. The grants are funded by a $1 fee on all new tires purchased in Nebraska; last year that amounted to $1.7 million and supported 100 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state. Bill status https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=33895