STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
GARY C. RIKARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 16, 2015
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277



MDEQ Awards Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Jackson County Illegal Dumping Clean Up and HHW Event

(Jackson, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) awarded Jackson County a solid waste assistance grant of $81,500 that will be used by the county for enforcement and clean up of illegal dumping. The funds will also be used for a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event with that date not yet determined.


“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Jackson County’s efforts in improving their management of solid waste,” said Gary Rikard, MDEQ Executive Director.

Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste Assistance Grants through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. These grants are used by local communities for programs to prevent and clean up unauthorized dumps; to aid in hiring local solid waste enforcement officers; for public education efforts on solid waste disposal and recycling; and to establish programs for the collection of white goods, bulky wastes and recyclables.

Information about this grant program and other initiatives is available at
www.deq.state.ms.us/solidwaste.
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