NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today announced Scott County is set to receive $173,479 in a Waste Reduction Grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to purchase one recycling truck.   Waste Reduction Grants are for community projects to help reduce landfill waste across Tennessee.

“These grants have proven helpful in assisting counties with their recycling efforts,” said Senator Yager.  “A new recycling truck will help Scott County collect recyclable materials to keep them out of landfills and put them to use in other products. I am very pleased Scott County will receive this sizable grant and I congratulate our local officials for their help in securing it.”

The state’s intent with the grants is to support local efforts toward achieving waste reduction and recycling goals. Many of the grants will benefit rural areas in Tennessee. 

The Waste Reduction Grants are part of TDEC’s 2015-2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan, which contains specific objectives that will help communities reduce waste. The grants meet objectives to increase recycling access and participation, increase the diversion of organics and support new waste reduction technology. The 2015-2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan can be found at https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/solid-waste/2015-2025-solid-waste-management-plan.html.

The Waste Reduction Grants are authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and are supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by TDEC. 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.

“These grants help communities approach solid waste management to fit their specific needs,” said TDEC Commissioner David Salyers. “We congratulate the communities on these grants, and we are pleased to see their dedication to this issue. With this approach, we can make a real difference in waste reduction across our state.” 

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