JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded grants to Meridian and Clarke County for their household hazardous waste programs.

Meridian is receiving $50,000 for improvement of its management of solid waste. Clarke County’s grant is $24,523, to be used for a solid waste enforcement officer and for illegal dumpsite cleanup.

Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste Assistance Grants through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. These grants are used by local communities for programs to prevent and clean up unauthorized dumps; to aid in hiring local solid waste enforcement officers; for public education efforts on solid waste disposal and recycling; and, to establish programs for the collection of white goods, bulky wastes and recyclables.