$265K awarded for waste reduction Ecology grants voter-approved funds to eastern Washington
SPOKANE – Local governments in eastern Washington will receive four grants totaling $265,000 to support waste reduction and recycling projects in four 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:
- Waste reduction and recycling: $236,250 - Organics (yard and food waste, land-clearing debris): $11,500 - Moderate-risk waste (small volumes of hazardous wastes): $17,250
Asotin County will use $17,250 to purchase of a new aerosol-can crusher to save landfill space. This crusher also captures and filters all gases using a carbon filtration system.
Ferry County will use $75,000 to expand their recycling collection area with a 48-foot by 20 foot addition that will house new recycling bays and a baler.
Lincoln County will use $161,250 to replace an old diesel-powered vehicle with an efficient vehicle that meets EPA emission requirements for diesel engines. The county will also participate in community cleanup events.
The city of Rockford will use $11,500 to purchase a chipper to process woody material at their compost facility.
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.