Alabama Department of Environmental Management to give out $1.7 million in grants for recycling

A total of $1.7 million in grant money, generated by a $1-per-ton fee on waste dumped in landfills, will go to buy things such as recycling trailers and bins, collection trucks and other equipment, as well as to support education efforts encouraging participation in recycling programs. ADEM Director Lance LeFleur praised the grant program. "The ability to recycle more materials not only conserves natural resources but also reduces the volume of materials going into Alabama's landfills," LeFleur said in a release announcing the grants. "I am pleased that ADEM can utilize its resources and work with officials at the local level to support these recycling efforts."

The Alabama Environmental Council lead an effort through the JCDH to earn $276,368 for expanded recycling in Jefferson County. 


For Press, Contact: Mitch Reid, Program Director, Cindy Lowry, Executive Director
Alabama Rivers Alliance
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Another illustration of the toxic nature of Coal Ash and the negative impacts that go along with it are playing out in multiple locations around Alabama. It's currently about the leachate from the landfill, which is the resulting liquid after rainwater and surface water has percolated through a landfill and is collected at the bottom by the liners. When the landfill was originally permitted, it apparently was planning to take this leachate, which all modern landfills collect, treat, and dispose of, to the Marion Waste Water Treatment Plant. However, that plant has been out of compliance with its permits for sometime. Did the state or federal agencies, ADEM or EPA, think that this massive influx of new material was going to take care of itself? Was this not looked at when they granted these permits and had the chance to make sure to protect public health at all cost?

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