The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded three local governments grants to maintain waste cleanup and recycling programs.
Oktibbeha County received $16,884 to be used for enforcement efforts and clean up regarding illegal dumps.
Chickasaw County received $42,000 that will be used to clean up illegal dumps and for a local solid waste enforcement officer.
West Point got $25,000 to be used to continue and expand its recycling efforts.
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.