STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2015
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Awards Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Alcorn County for HHW Event and Illegal Dumping Enforcement

(Jackson, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) awarded Alcorn County a solid waste assistance grant of $39,768 that will be used by the county for enforcement efforts to combat illegal dumping and for a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event. The HHW event is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, at the Alcorn County Transfer Station.

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