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The Nebraska Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $1.93 million in grants to support tire recycling programs in the state. More than 100 recycling and cleanup programs will be the beneficiaries of the funds, which were generated through a $1.00 fee levied on the purchase of each new tire in the state.

In Texas, Dallas may soon follow the lead of Austin and ban plastic bags. The Dallas City Council is currently considering a ban on plastic bags used in grocery and retail stores and was briefed Monday on the possible effects of such a ban by the city's Office of Environmental Quality.

UL Environment has partnered with the Green Manufacturer Network, Waste Management and Waste Cost Reduction Services to promote its landfill diversion claim validation service. UL hopes to reach new markets through the partners and expand the availability of third-party diversion monitoring.

Los Angeles will likely soon be the largest city in North America to ban plastic bags. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to sign an ordinance adopted by the City Council that would ban the distribution of plastic bags at large grocery stores beginning in 2014. L.A. County had previously enacted such a ban, as have nearly 80 local jurisdictions in California. The American Progressive Bag Alliance railed against the decision, saying "after recently being voted down in the State Senate, the California Grocers Association continues to peddle this bag ban and tax scam around the state because big grocers stand to make millions from collecting every penny of the tax on paper bags. This ordinance has been sold to the public through junk science in the name of the environment." Bag ban advocates hope the ban will encourage the California Legislature to revisit a statewide prohibition on plastic bags, which came within three votes of passing in the most recent session.

Finally, NPR's "Planet Money" team has put together a step-by-step guide illustrating how used glass bottles are recycled into new ones. The catch? They did it all using .gif animations.

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