Senator Bill Ketron announces major recycling grant for City of Murfreesboro


NASHVILLE – The City of Murfreesboro will receive a $1 million recycling grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) according to State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro). The funds are part of TDEC’s Recycling Equipment, Waste Reduction, Used Oil and Composting Grants which were authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and are supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund. The fund receives revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills from a fee on new tires sold in the state.

“This is a huge grant and will help Murfreesboro tremendously as the city works to divert waste from the landfill through recycling,” said Senator Ketron. “I congratulate our city officials for their diligent work in securing such a large grant to help in these efforts.”

The composting grant will be used to purchase equipment, including a tub grinder, trammel screen, wheeled excavator, front loader truck, asphalt, and moisture and temperature probes.

Rutherford County was also awarded a $169,904 grant. That grant will be used to purchase a front end loader truck and container locks.

The projects were among $2.27 million in fiscal year 2016 recycling grants announced by the department to reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said, “These projects will provide opportunities for counties and municipalities across the state to enhance their waste reduction and recycling infrastructure. The recycling equipment grants especially assist local governments in avoiding landfill costs, resulting in economic advantages for communities and the state.”

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