Obion County awarded part of litter grants
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:12 pm
As part of the effort to StopLitter™ in Tennes-see, Gov. Phil Bred-esen and Department of Transportation Commis-sioner Gerald Nicely today awarded more than $3.8 million in litter grant funds across the state.
Obion County has been awarded $34,180 in funding.
“Each year, volunteers pick up almost 25 million pounds of roadside litter in Tennessee alone,” the governor said. “Litter is an eye-sore, it’s costly to clean up and it can be harmful to our environment, but it’s totally preventable. These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”
Litter grant funds are distributed annually by TDOT to all Tennessee counties for litter clean up and education. A list of all grant amounts per county is attached to this release.
“TDOT awards about $3 million each year to help local communities in their efforts to stop litter in Tennessee,” Nicely said. “These funds are obtained through the collection of a specialty tax on the malt beverage and soft drink industry through the Litter Grant Bill which was enacted by the General Assembly in 1981 and are put to use by local communities to prevent litter through education and clean-up activities.”
The funds that each county receives are determined by county road miles and county population in order to ensure an equitable distribution statewide. Funds must be used for litter pick-up activities and litter prevention education. Education funding can be used in a variety of ways, such as sharing litter control awareness with schools, citizens and businesses.
Through the litter pick-up program, about 25.5 million pounds of roadside litter were picked up on about 292,000 miles of county roads and some 45,000 miles of state routes. Of the trash collected by volunteers, about 7.4 million pounds is recycled.
To find out more about Tennessee’s Litter Grant program, visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/environment/beautification/littergrant.htm.
Published in The Messenger 8.19.10