STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 9, 2014
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Awards White Goods Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Lamar County

(Jackson, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) awarded Lamar County a solid waste assistance grant of $22,946 that will be used by the county to continue a white goods collection program.
The term “white goods” is used to describe a class of bulky wastes which includes major household appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerator units, freezers, hot water heaters, and other larger comparable appliances which must be discarded when the useful life of the unit has ended.

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Lamar 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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