Itawamba to benefit from $74K in MDEQ grants

By The Itawamba County Times

Itawamba County will benefit from more than $74,000 in grant money recently awarded by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

First, Itawamba County was awarded a solid waste assistance grant of $14,694 that will be used by the county for employment assistance for a solid waste enforcement officer and to clean up illegal dumps.

Similarly, MDEQ awarded the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority a solid waste assistance grant of $60,000. The money will be used for funding assistance for a household hazardous waste collection project. The project includes Calhoun, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union Counties.

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.

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities, and this grant will assist the efforts of the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority in improving their management of solid waste,” said Trudy D. Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.

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.