Tate County has been awarded a $13,020 grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to update its solid waste management plan.
State law requires local governments to develop a 20-year plan for solid waste managed in their jurisdictions and submit them for approval from the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality. The commission approved the current solid waste management plan for Tate County in December 1993.
The county has the obligation to review and update the commission approved plan to assess the adequacy of the existing solid waste management programs and capacity.
Tate County Administrator Cole Massie said the county would use the grant funds to assess the solid waste management needs for the next 20 years and identify what actions will be used to address those needs.
The county has hired JWS & Associates, Inc. to assist in preparing the update.
Applications for Solid Waste Planning Grants from MDEQ are available to cities and counties statewide. These grants are used by local communities for programs to prevent and clean up unauthorized dumps, aid in hiring local solid waste enforcement officers and public education efforts on solid waste.