JACKSON, Miss. (Nov. 30, 2011)—The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded two grants worth more than $200,000 combined to help regional solid waste management authorities collect waste tires from small-quantity generators, the agency said.
The Pine Belt Solid Waste Management Authority received $144,654 to continue the waste tire collection program in Covington, Jones and Perry counties and the cities of Hattiesburg, Laurel and Petal.
The Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority received $59,000 to continue the waste tire collection program in Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union counties.
Mississippi's scrap tire abatement program is funded by a $1 fee on each new tire sold in the state.