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County awarded funds for used oil collection

County awarded funds for used oil collection

Nashville – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau Tuesday announced $189,550 in collection grants to establish, upgrade and expand used motor oil collection centers in 15 communities across Tennessee.
Of the 15 communities awarded funds, Weakley County will receive $7,000 for the purchase of a heater.
“It’s important to educate citizens on the proper disposal of used motor oil, and the use of these convenient community collection centers can have a direct impact on the water quality of our lakes, streams and groundwater in Tennessee,” Haslam said.
Tennesseans who change their own motor oil generate more than one million gallons of used oil each year, which can pollute soil and water and interfere with the operation of sewer systems when not properly disposed.
The General Assembly authorized the Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 to assist local communities in collecting used oil and reducing its negative effects on the environment.
Tennessee’s Solid Waste Management Act requires counties to have at least one place in the county where used oil can be properly disposed. Used oil collection grants are funded by a two cent deposit on every quart of oil purchased in the state.  
The first priority for grant funding is to establish collection sites in underserved areas. Equipment purchased can include containers, used oil burners, containment structures, shelter covers and other items. Visit www.tn.gov/environment/swm/oil or call 1-800-287-9013 for information.

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