NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) today announced Sevier County is set to receive two Recycling Equipment, Waste Reduction, Used Oil and Composting Grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. One grant for $486,330 will be used to buy equipment for tire recycling. The other grant totaling $25,000 will be used for a 45 foot aluminum walking floor trailer to aid in recycling efforts.
“These grants have proven helpful in assisting counties with their tire recycling efforts,” said Senator Overbey. “It helps to keep tires out of landfills or along the side of the road. I am very pleased Sevier County will receive sizable grants to help us put these tires to use in other products through recycling and congratulate our local officials for their efforts in securing them.
Recycling Equipment, Waste Reduction and Composting Grants were authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and are supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by Environment and Conservation. The fund receives revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee on new tires sold in the state. Used Oil Grants are authorized under the Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 and are funded by the Used Oil Collection Fund, which receives its revenues from a two cent ($0.02) fee collected against every quart of oil sold.
“These projects will provide opportunities for counties and municipalities across the state to enhance their waste reduction and recycling infrastructure,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “The recycling equipment grants especially assist local governments in avoiding landfill costs, resulting in economic advantages for communities and the state.”