City receives Earth Day Grant early
by Paisley Boston
Nov 20, 2013 | 1451 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Public Works office put in some extra work a little early this year to ensure that a solid waste assistance grant would be in place for next year.

"That's our Earth Day grant. We pay for the collection of all your chemicals that we take in on Earth Day, like tires, batteries, paint, and different chemicals. They'll take them back to a refinery. It pays for it to be picked up and disposed of," said Ray Bell, director of Cleveland Public Works.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded Cleveland a solid waste assistance grant of $20,000 that will be used by the city for a household hazardous waste collection event on April 12.

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Cleveland’s efforts in improving their management of solid waste,” said Trudy D. Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director according to a press release.

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.