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Mississippi DEQ awards four solid waste assistance grants.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (Mississippi DEQ) has awarded four solid waste assistance grants and a waste tire grant to local governments.

The solid waste grants were awarded to:

* City of Gautier, $10,000 for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer.

* Marion County, $10,912 for cleanup of unauthorized dump sites.

* Marshall County, $12,412 for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer.

* Washington County, $10,079 for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer.

* Yalobusha County, $20,400 for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer and to clean up unauthorized dump sites.

Washington County also received a $30,000 waste tire grant to continue the local waste tire collection program for small quantity generators of waste tires.

Cities and counties may apply for the solid waste assistance grants through the Mississippi DEQ, department spokesman Robbie Wilbur reports.

Wilbur said the 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.

Funding for waste tire grants is provided by a waste tire account funded from a fee charged on the wholesale sale new motor vehicle tires sold in Mississippi.

The fee provides the funds to ensure and encourage the proper management and disposal of waste tires in the state, Wilbur explained.

Contact: Robbie Wilbur, Mississippi DEQ, (601) 961-5277.

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