FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) awarded Forrest County, Lamar Count and Marion county solid waste assistance grants.
MDEQ awarded Forrest County a solid waste assistance grant of $16,352 that will be used by the county to clean up illegal dump sites.
MDEQ awarded Lamar County a solid waste assistance grant of $25,000 that will be used by the county for the collection of white goods. White goods refer to major appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners and washing machines.
MDEQ also awarded Marion County a solid waste assistance grant of $15,864 that will be used by the county for a solid waste enforcement officer and to clean up illegal dump sites.
Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste Assistance Grants through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
According to the news release, 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.