Solid waste grant helps Lamar Co. 'keep it clean'

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Lamar County has received a solid waste assistance grant of $18,750 from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality that will be used by the county for a household hazardous waste program.

Lamar County Administrator Joseph “Jody” Waits said the funds are a continuing source of support for the county’s cleanup efforts, including the weekly white goods dropoff at various locations.

“This goes beyond the basic things that we do and the two events that we have coming up,” he said. “On Saturday, we have the Right Way to Throw Away, when we will collect harmful items. Then on April 28, we have the county cleanup that mobilizes residents to clear areas.”

With the white goods disposal, the county must pay employees for the Saturday work and for the disposal of the items.

“It helps keep the county clean,” Waits said.

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Lamar 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.mdeq.ms.gov/solid-waste-management-programs.

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