|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
July 13, 2011
CONTACT: Robbie Wilbur
MDEQ AWARDS SOLID WASTE ASSISTANCE GRANTS TO SMITH COUNTY
(Jackson, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded Smith County a solid waste assistance grant of $10,904 that will be used by the county for clean up of unauthorized dump sites.
“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and these grants will assist the efforts of Adams County in improving their management of solid waste,” said Trudy D. Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
The county also received a $17,000 waste tire grant to continue the local waste tire collection program for small quantity generators of waste tires.
Funding for waste tire grants is provided by a waste tire account funded from a fee charged on the wholesale sale of every new motor vehicle tire sold in Mississippi. This fee provides the funds to ensure and encourage the proper management and disposal of waste tires in the state.
Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste Assistance Grants through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. These grants are utilized 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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