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Yakima Gets Money to Reduce Solid Waste

YAKIMA, Wash. - In an effort to to reduce waste and fund more recycling projects in Central Washington, the State Department of Ecology has awarded 12 grants worth over $2,000,000 for the region on Tuesday.

Included in the funding are the Yakima Solid Waste Division and the health district.

The solid waste division will use the grant of nearly $500,000 to collect and dispose of more than 2,000 tons of hazardous waste.

"What our program provides is an opportunity for people to basically do the right thing," Yakima County Solid Waste program coordinator Marci Venable said. "When you have a facility that accepts materials for free, it's a real incentive for people to recycle."

Meanwhile, the health district will use almost $100,000 for two sets of activities.

One is inspection and monitoring of solid waste facilities and the other is investigating illegal dumping and improper solid waste handling.