The state Department of Ecology recently awarded more than $18.8 million in grant funding to 95 city and county government agencies to support waste reduction and recycling and solid waste enforcement in Washington. This includes over $430 thousand going to Grays Harbor County.
Coordinated Prevention Grants are given to local governments every two years. The funds help communities manage solid and household hazardous wastes, prevent illegal dumping, and promote recycling and composting programs.
Across the state, Ecology awarded122 grant agreements to city and county governments. Grant amounts range from $3,000 to $1.5 million.
Grays Harbor County Public Works will use a $293 thousand grant to collect over 225 tons of household hazardous waste at Aberdeen Transfer Station and used oil and antifreeze collection sites throughout the county over an 18 month period.
Grays Harbor County Environmental Health will use a $138 thousand grant to oversee compliance with 11 solid waste sites. They expect to resolve 100 general solid waste concerns and assist in the handling of 200 junk vehicles.
These grants require a 25 percent match by the local recipients, leveraging more than $25 million to support local programs.
Ecology estimates the 2011-13 CPG state and local match allocation will support 393 jobs in Washington.