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Mississippi DEQ awards solid waste assistance grants.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (Mississippi DEQ) has awarded two cities and six counties solid waste assistance grants to assist with local solid waste initiatives.

The department also has awarded waste tire grants to Sunflower County and Yalobusha County. Department spokesman Robbie Wilbur reports cities and counties may apply for the grants to use 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.

Greenwood received a solid waste grant of $25,000 that will be used by the city for local recycling efforts. Hollandale received $$15,000 grant that the city will use for a wood waste recycling program.

Grants to counties included:

--Grenada County, $8,272 for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer

--Lowndes County, $14,852 for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer and to clean up unauthorized dump sites.

--Monroe County, $14,006 for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer.

--Perry County, $9,306 for cleanup of unauthorized dump sites.

--Tippah County, $10,622 for cleanup of unauthorized dump sites.

--Union County, $10,998 to clean up unauthorized dump sites.

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

Yalobusha County was awarded a waste tire grant of $51,500 to continue its local collection program for small-quantity waste tire generators. Funding for waste tire grants is provided by a fee charged on the wholesale sale of every new motor vehicle tire sold in Mississippi.

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

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