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GTR Authority awarded $90,000 waste tire grant

February 4, 2014

The Golden Triangle Solid Waste Management Authority’s (SWMA) coffer got a little heavier after having recently been awarded a $90,000 Waste Tire grant on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Applications for the Waste Tire grant (herein referred to simply as “the grant”) are open year long, according to MDEQ Communications Director Robbie Wilbur.
“The grants assist local governments in collecting tires from small (waste tire) generators such as small businesses, governments and school districts,” Wilbur said. “(It also helps) clean up illegally dumped tires.”
According to a statistic provided by Wilbur, Mississippi awarded $974,514 in waste tire assistance programs in 2012. Figures for the 2013 fiscal year, he said, were unavailable.
And dealing with waste tires is just a run-of-the-mill process for SWMA and the region, according to Executive Director Jimmy Sloan.
“In the region, we have seven trailers where small quantity generators can take scrap tires,” Sloan said.
Funds garnered from the grant go toward bolstering the seven trailers, as well as hauling and collection fees. Sloan said it can be a cumbersome endeavor, as individuals will sometimes dispose of their tires inappropriately.
“A lot of people just throw them in a road ditch (or) wherever,” Sloan said. “It can be illegal depending on where (the tires are thrown).”
According to a press release issued by MDEQ, there are small quantity waste tire generators in Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties.

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