NASHVILLE – Marshall County is set to receive four major recycling grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) according to State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville). The county will receive a $140,000 waste reduction grant, a $25,000 recycling equipment grant and a $39,250 used oil grant. In addition, the Friends of Henry Horton State Park, Inc. will receive a $99,623 composting grant.
“These grants are extremely helpful to Marshall County’s recycling efforts,” said Senator Tracy. “I congratulate our county officials and the Friends of Henry Horton State Park for their diligent work in securing them to help in these efforts.”
The funds are part of TDEC’s Recycling Equipment, Waste Reduction, Used Oil and Composting Grants which were authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and are supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund. The fund receives revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills from a fee on new tires sold in the state.
The projects were among $2.7 million in fiscal year 2016 recycling grants announced by the department to reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.
TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said, “These projects will provide opportunities for counties and municipalities across the state to enhance their waste reduction and recycling infrastructure. The recycling equipment grants especially assist local governments in avoiding landfill costs, resulting in economic advantages for communities and the state.”