The US state of Nebraska has awarded over $960,000 to more than 60 tire recycling and collection initiatives; earlier, the state obtained more than $1.4 million in eligible requests, the US media reported citing Nebraska’s authorities.

The funding will support local efforts aimed at reducing environmental and health challenges posed by waste tires. The money awarded is considered enough to remove more than 400,000 passenger tires.

The money became available partly due to Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants scheme that relies on a $1 fee charged per new tire when purchased. The project was launched by the Department of Environment and Energy.

This comes after media reported earlier that new fees were introduced when a tire is bought in Nebraska – this move was expected to provide funds to scrap tire recycling collection programs within the state.

Article by WOWT.