Twenty-six applicants, including one in Hardy County, have been approved for amounts totaling $57,241 for state Department of Environmental Protection REAP Litter Control Matching Grants. DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman announced the grant recipients for fiscal year 2012.
Grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions and municipalities. Funding for the litter control program is generated through Legislative Rule 22-15A-4: "For unlawful disposal of litter, the circuit clerk shall deposit 50 percent of all civil penalties into the Litter Control Fund."
The DEP's REAP program (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) empowers citizens to take ownership of their communities by providing technical, financial, and resource assistance in cleanup efforts.
The Hardy County Commission received a $3,000 grant. The funding will be used for implementation of hay bale plastic wrap recycling program for the county.