YAKIMA - Seven Central Washington counties will share more than $500,000 in state grants to clean up litter and to stop illegal dumping.
The Community Litter Cleanup Program, administered by the Department of Ecology, provides funding to local governments to reduce litter and illegal dumps and to provide anti-litter education in their communities.
Unlike other state grant programs, the local governments do not have to provide matching money from their own budgets.
Instead, they often contribute by waiving disposal fees, paying for crew labor and donating the use of county equipment.
"This funding has proved very valuable to local governments for cleaning up specific litter-prone areas and illegal dump sites," said Rod Hankinson, who helps administer grants for the Department of Ecology. "Local governments have been a big help to us in our statewide litter-cleanup efforts."
A breakdown of how the money is split follows:
• Benton County $112,015
• Chelan County $ 46,875
• Douglas County $ 75,701
• Kittitas County $160,480
• Klickitat County $ 49,132
• Okanogan County $ 55,256
• Yakima County $ 81,207
Yakima's two-year grant is good from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2007.
According to Wendy Mifflin, Yakima County's solid waste division manager, the money Yakima County receives will be spent on roadside litter pick up and illegal dump clean up on property available for public use.
The labor will be provided by the Department of Corrections Monday through Friday. Work will be done on various roads through out the county.
The money will be spent on supervisor costs, providing a vehicle for the clean up and roadside garbage bags.
Funding for the grants comes from a tax imposed on industries whose products are related to the litter problem.