Scott County has received more than $170,000 for a roll-off truck that will be used at the county's recycling center | Photo: Wikipedia

NASHVILLE — Scott County has received more than $150,000 in grant funding for the purchase of a recycling truck, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation announced Thursday.

The grant funds are among $1.9 million in waste reduction grants awarded by TDEC for projects that are aimed at reducing landfill waste across Tennessee.

Scott County received $173,479 for the recycling truck, with a local match of $19,275.

Sabrina Terry, Scott County’s solid waste director, said the truck will be used at the county’s recycling center in Huntsville. It is a roll-off truck that will be used to move large recycling bins when they become full and replace them with empty bins, Terry explained.

There were 14 different recipients of the grants, ranging from $30,536 to DeKalb County for a chipper to $484,273 to the City of Cookeville for a chipper.

Other recipients included Chester County, the City of Goodlettsville, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Grainger County, Hardeman County, Jackson County, Lawrence County, Marshall County, Obion County, Overton County, and the Union County Solid Waste Authority.

“These grants help communities approach solid waste management to fit their specific needs,” said TDEC Commissioner David Salyers. “We congratulate these communities on these grants, and we are pleased o see their dedication to this issue. With this approach, we can make a real difference in waste reduction across our state.”

The grants are funded by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which receives money from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills, as well as a fee on new tires that are sold in the state.