The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has awarded Perry County a $181,096 grant to support community recycling efforts in a statewide effort to reduce landfill waste.

The grant will be used to develop Cedar Creek and Pineview Convenience Centers for a compactor; recycling trailer; monitoring equipment; paving; fencing; attendant shelters; electric/water; sign; operation and educational manuals; professional fees

“TDEC is committed to increasing the diversion and beneficial use of materials that would otherwise end up in landfills or contaminating our waters,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “These grants will help local communities meet the ever-growing challenge of finding ways to reuse materials that would otherwise be discarded to benefit our economy and protect our environment.”

Awarded projects fall into one of five categories: Recycling Hub and Spoke, Recycling Equipment, Recycling Rebate, Used Oil and Convenience Centers.