Over $70K awarded for waste reduction Ecology grants voter-approved funds to central Washington
YAKIMA – Local governments in central Washington will receive three grants totaling $71,802 to support waste reduction and recycling projects in three counties.
Statewide, the Washington Department of Ecology granted over $1 million for 24 projects at the local and county level. Ecology’s Coordinated Prevention Grant program funds the projects.
“We are pleased to support these innovative projects that expand recycling, composting and toxics reduction efforts,” said Laurie Davies, Ecology Waste 2 Resources program manager. “Reducing waste and improving how we manage what remains is good for public health and our economy.”
Grants were awarded in three categories, with the following totals: Solid waste enforcement: $13,340 Waste reduction, recycling and planning: $37,500 Solid and hazardous waste planning: $20,962
Douglas County Solid Waste will use $20,962 to complete their solid waste management plan.
Okanogan County Public Health will use $13,440 to expand investigation and cleanup of illegal dumps.
The city of Yakima’s Solid Waste Division will use $37,500 to evaluate their pilot curbside recycling and yard waste collection project.
Coordinated Prevention Grants come from hazardous substance tax funding created by Washington voters when they passed Initiative 97 – the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) – in 1988. Funding is dedicated to environmental cleanups and protection in Washington.