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Sen. Ken Schilz pushes for recycling bill to get extended until 2020

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Programs aimed at reducing litter and waste in Nebraska communities could get another five years of funding, thanks to efforts by one panhandle state senator.
 
Senator Ken Schilz is pushing for a bill that would extend the termination of the Nebraska Litter Reduction and Recycling Act. Currently, it is set to expire next year.

Schilz says that the act was created back in the 1970's and is aimed at conserving the state's resources.

The Department of Environmental Quality manages the fund by a grant program funded by a small fee paid by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
 
"Funds are applied for and awarded to programs that reduce litter and provide education and promote recycling in Nebraska," explains Schilz. "This will be available to both public and private entities. According to the Department of Environment Quality, $1.5 million is available annually."
 
Lawmakers gave first round approval to the bill, which would extend those funds to be able to be used until the year 2020.

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