Nebraska DEQ Awards More Than $2 Million to Recycling, Litter Programs

KLBB - Logo Keep America Beautiful AffiliateNebraska Department of Environmental Quality Acting Director Pat Rice has announced the awarding of $2,099,364 in 57 grants for litter cleanup, recycling, and public education programs and activities. Funds for the Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program are generated from a fee charged to certain manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of products that commonly contribute to litter. The program has been providing grants annually since 1979. “The agency received many outstanding applications from across Nebraska,” Rice said. “These grant awards will support many important local efforts to recycle and protect our natural resources.”   Keep Loup Basin Beautiful/Loup Basin RC&D Council was awarded two grants from the Nebraska DEQ. They received an $800 Cleanup Grant to be used for cleaning up 10 miles of road and 10 acres of public areas. They also received a $62,980 Public Education Grant to continue their litter reduction and recycling education programs through 2015.

The grants were awarded to programs in three categories: recycling, cleanup and public education. The recycling programs provide an alternative to the disposal of solid waste in Nebraska’s landfills. The programs recycle more than just aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic. Materials such as electronic computer components, paint, aerosol cans, fertilizer, pesticides, pharmaceutical items and household hazardous waste are collected and either reprocessed to be used again or are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Recycling efforts that promote the purchase of recycled content products continue to receive priority for funding. NDEQ awarded 23 grants in the recycling category, totaling $1,176,580.        

Truckload of Lights Taken to Omaha for Recycling

KLBB - Christmas lights ready to recycle January 2015On January 16th, Anita Olson, Director of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, and volunteer Carol Olson took a pickup truck full of Christmas lights to Omaha to be recycled.  The pickup was loaded down with 874 pounds of holiday lights collected during this year’s Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Christmas light recycling collection.  The lights had to be taken out of the bags and boxes they were dropped off in just to get them all to fit!

Ord collected the most lights, 348 pounds, with more coming in that will have to be saved for next year’s collection.  Special thanks to the Ord FCCLA chapter, especially their advisors, for helping with the collection.  The North Central Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) also partnered with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful for this project.  Lou Ann Tooker and others helped collect 263 pounds of lights from Holt, Rock, and Cherry counties.  Other organizations involved in the collection included Custer County Recycling of Broken Bow (74 pounds), Callaway Public Library (53 pounds), Burwell United Methodist Church and The Hub (83 pounds), Ericson Baptist Fellowship (38 pounds), and Spalding Academy (15 pounds).

The strands of lights were taken to the Cross Training Center in the north-west part of Omaha.  The Cross Training Center was started by a local church in Omaha to provide a fresh start, job training, and Christian outreach to people who have been homeless, incarcerated, involved in gangs or substance abuse, who have been a victim of human trafficking or who live in poverty for whatever reason.  At the center, the students receive on the job training in refurbishing and recycling electronics.

“They said they would take anything with a cord or a battery,” says Anita.   “I called ahead to confirm that they would take all the lights, but I think they were still surprised when we pulled up with a full pickup load.”  The strands of lights will be stripped and the wire salvaged and recycled. Continue reading

Christmas Light Recycling Event

KLBB - 2014 Christmas light recyclingTis the season to recycle!  On December 1, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will be holding their 2nd annual Christmas light recycling collection.  This collection is for non-working strands of holiday lights and will last from December 1 through January 10 at various locations throughout the Loup Basin. Continue reading

Burwell Elementary 4th Grade students win Trash Rap Contest

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Trash on the ground
Trash on the ground
Take some time to look around
There’s trash on the ground
Trash on the ground
When you look down,
There’s trash on the ground……   All of the classes at Burwell Elementary School competed to see which class could say the entire Trash Rap with the most gusto and enthusiasm at the Longhorn Pride assembly on Nov. 7, 2014.  Continue reading

Village of Arnold and Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce Win Awards from Keep Nebraska Beautiful

KLBB affiliate awardPictured Left to right: KLBB Project Coordinator/Kathy Mann, Keep America Beautiful President/CEO Jennifer Jehn, KLBB Director/Anita Olson.

Two communities in the Loup Basin were honored at the annual Keep Nebraska Beautiful conference in Lincoln. The Village of Arnold received a first place award for their 2014 Great American Cleanup event.  Arnold’s Economic Development Coordinator Sandy Hicks was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the Village of Arnold.  Arnold was nominated for the award by their local affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.  The award was for “Make Arnold Shine” Day, held in April of this year.  The event originated with the Village Board, Village Clerk Patty Lamberty, and Principal Dawn Lewis of Arnold Public Schools. The cleanup was a village-wide effort that included volunteers of all ages.  There were 48 youth volunteers and nine teachers from Arnold Public Schools that put in time to help the community.  There were also around 30 adult volunteers from community groups including the Rotary Club, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, and Rialto Theatre Board of Directors. Continue reading

Burwell FFA Chapter to Celebrate National Planting Day

Burwell, NE  — National Planting Day, a day dedicated to our native vegetation, will be celebrated nationwide and locally on September 6.  This is happening through the efforts of local FFA chapters in cooperation with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, and the Loup Basin Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council.  Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is promoting National Planting Day in the following counties: Blaine, Boyd, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler. Continue reading

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Recycling at the Rodeo

Burwell — Last week in Burwell while everybody else was busy ropin’ and ridin’, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful was busy recyclin’.  Project Coordinator, Kathy Mann, took on the project of providing recycling for Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, a continuation of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful’s event recycling efforts this summer.  People go through large amounts of bottles and cans at community events and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful’s goal is to keep as much of that recyclable material as possible out of the landfill.  Nine large recycling bins were set up in the grand stands and beer garden.  Mann and her volunteer helpers stayed busy emptying them throughout the four days of rodeo action. Continue reading

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Places Recycling Bins in Loup City


KLBB - Loup City Coca Cola Bin GrantPictured from left to right: Devin Nelson, Tammy Nelson, Mayor Alicia Toczek and Kevin Holcomb. Picture courtesy of Jerome Lobner. 

Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation Make Recycling More Convenient for Colleges and Universities Nationwide

Loup City — Keep Loup Basin Beautiful received six recycling bins designed specifically for placement in Loup City’s parks and near the school.  The bins were received as part of a national recycling bin grant program made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. Continue reading

The UPS Foundation Awards Keep Loup Basin Beautiful with a Community Tree Planting Grant

KLBB Greeley Beautification CommitteeAnita Olson, Director of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful presents a check to the Greeley Beautification Committee. 

More than 30 Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Communities Receive Grants Totaling $160,000 to Support Local Projects

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The UPS Foundation recently announced that Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a recipient of a 2014 KAB/UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grants. More than 30 grants, totaling $160,000, are being awarded to KAB community-based affiliates throughout the country. Continue reading

2014 Loup Basin Recycling Guide

Being “green” is about to get a whole lot easier.  Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate that serves several counties in central Nebraska, has created the 2014 Loup Basin Recycling Guide.  This guide is intended to help people locate the recycling opportunities right in their hometown.  “Our goal with this project was to increase awareness of all the recycling opportunities available to people in the Loup Basin,” says Affiliate Director Anita Olson.  “By making it easier to recycle, we hope to keep valuable and useful materials out of the landfill.”  These useful materials include many hard to recycle items like batteries, Christmas lights, eyeglasses, medical equipment, used motor oil, and scrap metal.  Materials like these are listed alphabetically in the guide, with drop-off locations where they should be taken for recycling.  Community recycling trailer locations are also listed, where people can drop off more traditional recyclables like paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, and tin cans.

Thanks to grant funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Nebraska Academy of Sciences, these handy recycling guides will be mailed out to every household in the nine Loup Basin counties.  The project also received contributions from local recycling companies including J&J Sanitation of O’Neill, Custer County Recycling of Broken Bow, and Alter Metal Recycling of Grand Island.  It is because of companies like these that recycling is available in central Nebraska.  If you live in Blaine, Loup, Garfield, Wheeler, Custer, Valley, Greeley, Sherman, or Howard County, be sure to check your mailboxes this week for your copy of the 2014 Loup Basin Recycling Guide!

Loup Basin Recycling Guide – May 2014 First Edition Front Page

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Check under the recycling tab for more information.

Celebrate Compost Awareness Week!!

May 5 marks the beginning of a weeklong publicity and education event celebrating the humble soil additive that is compost. In case you are not aware, compost is simply decomposed food scraps and yard waste. So why the celebration? There are so many reasons! Adding compost to your soil improves the soil structure and helps retain moisture. Compost is full of nutrients in a form that your plants can easily absorb. As a fertilizer, compost is free, 100% natural and is not dangerous for children or pets. By composting, you are sending less garbage to the dump and keeping valuable nutrients in your garden. Composting is a method that is used around the world in both wealthy and developing countries to reduce waste and create healthy soil. Continue reading

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 26th

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April 26th    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Got Drugs?  Coming up on April 26th, several area law enforcement agencies will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on that Saturday, you can bring in your outdated and unwanted medications for proper disposal.

One participating agency is the Valley County Sheriff’s office.  They are located in the Valley County Courthouse in downtown Ord.  They ask that you use the doors on the east side of the courthouse.  The Garfield County Sherriff’s office in Burwell will also be accepting medications that day. 

Announcing our Earth Day Drawing Contest for 5th Grade!

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and to celebrate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is sponsoring a drawing contest for 5th grade North loup Scotiastudents. Students may enter the contest by drawing their design on a plain, white sheet of 8 ½” x 11” paper. The student’s name and school must be written on the back of the drawing in pencil. Homeschooled students are also welcome to send in entries. The theme for this year’s contest is “Respect the River: Keeping our waterways clean and beautiful.” Mail the entries to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful by April 15, 2014.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Awards Grant to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful was awarded a grant in the amount of $65,000 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s KLBB logo 02242014Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program.  Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council.  Altogether, the state received 53 applications requesting more than $2.4 million for litter reduction and recycling projects.  A total of $2.0 million was awarded to 51 projects throughout Nebraska.  Anita Olson, KLBB Director said “We are very excited about being awarded this grant because it ensures that we can continue providing our services free of charge, and also create new recycling and waste reduction programs to benefit more communities.”

The grant program provides funds annually to Nebraska projects in three areas:  public education, cleanup and recycling.  The funds awarded to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful through public education funds will be used to provide environmental education leading to waste reduction, litter prevention, recycling and beautification.  These educational programs are provided for all residents of the thirteen counties served by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful free of charge.  School programs are the main focus for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, but other projects include

KLBB receives CLPP award at the KAB 2014 Conference

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful was recognized at the national conference for Linda’s work in 2013 with the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.  This CLPP Award at 2014 conference (3)was the first time Keep Loup Basin Beautiful had participated in the program.  Thanks to funding from Keep America Beautiful and their corporate sponsors, we were able to get several outdoor receptacles for businesses around Burwell, as well as car and pocket receptacles that were given out at fairs and events last summer.

The Ins and Outs of Recycling – Workshop

Thursday January 30, 2014
5:15 to 6:00 p.m.
807 H Street,
Burwell Nebraska –  In the Pathway Bank Professional Center

Make recycling your New Year’s resolution!  Join Keep Loup Basin Beautiful for a fun and educational workshop all about recycling.  Find out what’s recyclable in this area.  Discover what happens to your garbage after you toss it in the bin.  Learn how to tell when a container is recyclable, and what you do and don’t need to do before you recycle it.  You’ll also find out what the arrows

Recycle your broken Christmas lights!

The holiday season is upon us and you know what that means…hot chocolate, mistletoe, and freezing your fingers off trying to get those old strands of lights working!  Don’t stress out.  If you have strands of lights that you need to get rid of, don’t throw them away!  Instead, bring them in to be recycled.

Keep Nebraska Beautiful Award – Loup City FCCLA

The Loup City High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization won an Award of Excellence for their America Recycles Day activities during the June 29, 2013  Keep Nebraska Beautiful Annual Conference in Nebraska City. 

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful receives Keep Nebraska Beautiful Gold Award

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During the Keep Nebraska Beautiful annual conference on June 27, 2013 held at the Nebraska City Lied Center, Keep Loup Basin beautiful was awarded the “Gold Affiliate” recognition. This is the highest level of achievement for the Nebraska Keep America Beautiful affiliates.

Pictured, Linda Studnicka, Director of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful and Mike Hazen
from the Keep Nebraska Beautiful Board of Directors.

Ord High School FBLA

Local High School Group Earn Recognition for Waste Reduction/Recycling Efforts

Honored at Keep America Beautiful Conference in Washington D.C. in January and at the FBLA Spring Banquet on April 30, 2013, the Ord High School Future Business Leaders of America was awarded the National Distinguished Service plaque in the Youth/School Waste Reduction/Recycling category for their Continue reading

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Awards Grant

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has awarded the Loup Basin RC&D Council a grant in the amount of $34,966 to be used for the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.  This organization is a project of the RC&D Council, and serves residents in nine central Nebraska counties.  DEQ logoThe DNEQ provides funds annually to Nebraska projects in the categories of public environmental education, cleanups and recycling. Altogether, the NDEQ was able to fund fifty-six applications for 2013. Continue reading

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful wins National Award

Local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, was presented the National Keep America Beautiful (KAB) 2012 Great American Cleanup (GAC) Best Activation Award at the Keep America Beautiful Conference held in Washington, DC on January 29th.   Continue reading