Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Putnam County Gets Grant To Fight Litter

As part of the effort to StopLitter in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely have awarded more than three million dollars in litter grant funds to all 95 counties in Tennessee. The Putnam County portion of that is $42,250.

"Each year volunteers pick up almost 25 million pounds of roadside litter in Tennessee alone," said Bredesen. "Litter is an eye-sore, it's costly to clean up and it can be harmful to our environment, but it's totally preventable. These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful."

The funds that each county receives are determined by county road miles and county population in order to ensure an equitable distribution statewide. Funds must be used for litter pick-up activities and litter prevention education. Education funding can be used in a variety of ways, such as sharing litter control awareness with schools, citizens and businesses.