Gov. Justice, WVDEP Announce 2019 REAP Recycling Assistance Grants Totaling Over 2 Million Dollars

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOAY)– Governor Jim Justice and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton have announced grants totaling over $2 million to 37 recipients through the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Recycling Assistance Grants program.

Grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions, municipalities, private industries, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions.

Funding for the Recycling Assistance Grant Program is generated through the $1 assessment fee per ton of solid waste disposed at in-state landfills and is pursuant to WV Code 22-15A-19(h) (1).

“Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “There’s no doubt in my mind that West Virginia is by far the most beautiful state and these folks are working hard to keep it that way.”

“People are eager to recycle what they can and we are all working together to make it easier for them to do that,” said WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “WVDEP is always happy to work with organizations like these recipients who share in our environmental mission.”

Grant recipients in southeastern West Virginia include:

GREENBRIER COUNTY

Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority                                                               $150,000.00

To assist with the purchase of a metal building for the county-wide program.

Greenworks Recycling                                                                                                  $68,906.35

To assist with the purchase of a work truck, tilt trailers, utility trailers, truck bed liner, truck rack and educational brochure for the recycling operation.

MERCER COUNTY                                                                                              

Mercer County Commission                                                                                       $24,511.00

To assist with personnel, fuel and maintenance for recycling truck and trailers, recycling stations, and recycling liners for the county-wide program.

Mercer County Solid Waste Authority                                                                   $150,000.00

To assist with personnel and a public sorting facility for the county-wide program.                                                                                

MONROE COUNTY 

Monroe County Solid Waste Authority                                                                   $25,360.00

To assist with public water to the facility, installation of an approved septic system and personnel for the county-wide program.

RALEIGH COUNTY

City of Beckley                                                                                                                $50,000.00

To assist with the purchase of a recycling packer truck for the city-wide program.

Beckley Waste Paper                                                                                                      $50,000.00

To assist with the purchase of a used recycling truck for the recycling operation.

Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority                                                                        $95,018.91

To assist with a continuous ridge ventilator, skid steer loader, recycling closed top boxes, fork lift, skid steer tires and recycling tilt trucks/carts for the county-wide program.

SUMMERS COUNTY

Summers County Commission                                                                                      $18,280.00

To assist with personnel, annual recycling conference, vehicle fuel and maintenance, and deskside bins for the county-wide program.

WYOMING COUNTY

Wyoming County Board of Education                                                                      $26,637.00

To assist with the purchase of a hydraulic dumping trailer, recycling bags, student environmental steward scholarships, personnel, travel to conference, fuel for recycling vehicles, educational outreach exhibit supplies, and printing costs for the county schools recycling program.                      

A complete list of grant recipients is available on the WVDEP website.

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