Grand Island Area Clean Community System has received a $172,035 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Betty Curtis Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
The trust’s board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 8 in Lincoln. The project is one of 113 receiving $18,350,515 in grant awards this year. Of these, 42 were new applications and 71 are carryover projects.
CCS pursued a multi-year grant for the operation of its household hazardous waste facility.
The facility serves more than 150,000 in population, and never turns away anyone.
Since 2015, CCS has taken in more than 600,000 pounds of waste. Of this, CCS will recycle the good products and incorporate those items into its Swap Shop area for reuse.
CCS has seen usage go from minimal to the reuse of 31,680 pounds in 2016 and 55,765 pounds in 2018.
With the grant application is a request to conduct no less than one electronic recycling event per year to include older TVs.
The final commitment to the environment is overseeing litter cleanup in Grand Island and neighboring communities, and public education that addresses “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” practices.
The grant application will be matched with grant funds from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, as well as community funding from partners and donations.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the trust has provided more than $349 million in grants to more than 2,400 projects across the state.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore the state’s natural resources for future generations.