Madison County has received $70,000 in grants from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to use toward disposal of waste tires and other hazardous material.

MDEQ Communications Director Robbie Wilbur said that the department awarded the Madison County Board of Supervisors a solid waste assistance grant of $21,257 that will be used by the county for a household hazardous waste collection program and a $50,000 two-year waste tire grant to continue the local waste tire collection program for small quantity generators of waste tires. 

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Madison County’s efforts in improving their management of solid waste,” Gary Rikard, MDEQ Executive Director, said.

Funding for waste tire grants is provided by a waste tire account funded from a fee charged on the wholesale sale of every new motor vehicle tire sold in Mississippi.