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Tuesday
Feb122013

ULNRD and NDEQ Helping Local Groups Vamp Up Recycling Efforts

Upper Loup NRD is happy to announce they were awarded a grant in the amount of $4,701.00 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program.  This grant program provides funds annually to Nebraska project in three areas: public education, cleanup, and recycling.  The funds awarded to the Upper Loup NRD will be used to build upon our existing recycling efforts.

The NRD believes by placing several event recycling containers in more accessible locations patron participation will increase, thus the amount of recyclable materials collected increasing as well.  Event collection bins will be placed at district school football fields, school gymnasiums, county fair buildings, and a few will be stored here at the NRD that can be checked out by any group requesting them. The containers are made of steel and recyclable materials.  They are portable, fold up easy for storage, have tops that are made for cans and bottles, and will hold clear bags.  We hope that with this type of lid and bag that people won’t be tossing random garbage into the containers but only the correct type of materials.  Two sizes of containers will be purchased. Large containers, that hold two 30 gallon bags, will be placed at the football fields and county fair buildings.  Small containers, that hold one 13 gallon bag, will be placed throughout the stands of the school gyms.

The general benefits of recycling are well known, energy savings, improved water, air and land quality, economic savings, reduction in overall solid waste, etc.  The NRD feels by making recycling options more accessible and easier for district residents the overall reduction of solid waste will be achieved.  Now we need our residents to do their part and simply toss those recyclables in the appropriate container!

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