City wins $25,000 MDEQ grant for recycling

Published 11:34 am Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vicksburg has received a $25,000 Solid Waste Assistance Grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, according to information from MDEQ.

City grants coordinator Marcia Weaver said the money will be used to implement a pilot residential recycling program involving 300 homes. She said a residential area has not been selected for the program.

“The program involves recycling paper and No. 1 and 2 plastics,” Weaver said. “The grant money will be used to buy a compartmentalized trailer to collect the paper and plastic and buy divided recycled bins for the residents to put the items.”

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She said employees with Vicksburg’s community services department will collect the recyclables and take the items to MIDD-West Industries on Smoky Lane.

“I’m glad to hear we received the grant,” Mayor Paul Winfield said. “We’ve had an in-house recycling program for some time and we want to expand the program. This is another green program, and we need more of them.”