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The Golden Triangle Solid Waste Management Authorityâ€™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 â€śthe grantâ€ť) are open year long, according to MDEQ Communications Director Robbie Wilbur.
â€śThe grants assist local governments in collecting tires from small (waste tire) generators such as small businesses, governments and school districts,â€ť Wilbur said. â€ś(It also helps) clean up illegally dumped tires.â€ť
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.
â€śIn the region, we have seven trailers where small quantity generators can take scrap tires,â€ť 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.
â€śA lot of people just throw them in a road ditch (or) wherever,â€ť Sloan said. â€śIt can be illegal depending on where (the tires are thrown).â€ť
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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