Williamson among counties eligible to receive state recycling rebates
The Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid Waste Management has notified Williamson County and 10 other counties and municipalities that generate the most waste in Tennessee that they are eligible for recycling rebates based on their final 2011 waste generation reporting data.
Williamson County qualified for $3,026 in rebates. Brentwood will see $2,334; Fairview, $486; Franklin, $3936; Nolensville, $369; and Spring Hill will receive $1,387 representing rebates for both Williamson and Maury counties.
Recycling rebates are made available to the top 11 counties that generate the most waste in Tennessee, based on data reported for both landfilled and diverted waste. The rebate requires a dollar-for-dollar match, and may be used for establishing new programs and collection sites, preparing recyclable materials for transport, marketing and developing educational programs to promote and advertise recycling.
A total of $300,000 is available for recycling rebates from the Solid Waste Management Fund for fiscal 2012-13, with funds allocated to county and municipal governments based on county waste generation data and population. The Solid Waste Management Fund is comprised of tipping fee surcharges at Tennessee landfills and tire pre-disposal fees. In addition to Williamson County the counties eligible to share the current pool of funding include Bradley, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Loudon, Madison, Montgomery, Rutherford, Shelby and Sullivan counties.
All counties and municipalities must return an application to the Department of Environment and Conservation to receive the rebate funds. Each municipality has the option of retaining the rebate or surrendering its rebate funds to the county, and each county may surrender its rebate funds to a municipality if it handles the recycling for the county.
If a municipality fails to respond, its funds will be made available to the county. If the county does not respond, the funds are returned to the Solid Waste Management Fund.
Posted on: 8/22/2012