|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
May 15, 2012
CONTACT: Robbie Wilbur
MDEQ AWARDS TWO GRANTS TO QUITMAN COUNTY
(Jackson, Miss.) --The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded Quitman County a $25,000 waste tire grant to continue the local waste tire collection program for small quantity generators of waste tires. MDEQ is also sending a $19,372 grant to be used by the county to clean up illegal dump sites and for employment assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer.
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.
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.
Information about this grant program and other solid waste initiatives and programs is available at www.deq.state.ms.us/solidwaste.
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