2012 Media Releases

March 6, 2012
For More Information Contact:
Laurel Erickson, 402-441-8035

Help Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Clean

Cleanup mini-grants available

Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB), a program coordinated by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, has a limited number of mini-grants available for picking up litter in Lincoln and Lancaster County. Organizations of all kinds, schools, businesses, families, and rural communities are encouraged to apply.

Cleanup mini-grants are available for the cleanup of litter on public land areas including waterways, lakeshores, wildlife management areas, roadsides, community streets and alleyways in the city or county. Applicants must identify and propose a specific area for cleanup, and indicate why that area was selected. Trash bags are provided and safety vests are available for loan from KLLCB.

Last year, cleanup volunteers-including students, employee groups, neighborhood associations, church groups, and families-collected over 188,000 pounds of litter in the county, and recycled approximately 75% of that. "Volunteers in our community are our biggest strength," said Erickson. "There are hundreds of good people working to keep our city and county safe and attractive. In addition, their impressive rate of recycling is saving valuable space in our landfill."

Apply for a cleanup mini-grant on-line or print off an application to complete at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: KLLCB, then click on "cleanup grants"). Mini-grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are awarded based on the size of the area cleaned. Applications must be submitted and approved prior to conducting a cleanup, must include both litter pickup and recycling components, and may not be on State or County Adopt-A-Highway miles. A final report, with photos, will be required.

Cleanup mini-grants are funded by a grant from the Litter Reduction and Recycling Fund administered by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. For more information, contact KLLCB at lerickson@lincoln.ne.gov or 402-441-8035.