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Haslam Announces $189,550 in Used Motor Oil Collection Grants

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 07:44am
Grants will help encourage proper collection of Used Motor Oil across Tennessee
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced $189,550 in collection grants to establish, upgrade and expand used motor oil collection centers in 15 communities across Tennessee.
“It’s important to educate citizens on the proper disposal of used motor oil, and the use of these convenient community collection centers can have a direct impact on the water quality of our lakes, streams and groundwater in Tennessee,” Haslam said.
Tennesseans who change their own motor oil generate more than one million gallons of used oil each year, which can pollute soil and water and interfere with the operation of sewer systems when not properly disposed. The General Assembly authorized the Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 to assist local communities in collecting used oil and reducing its negative effects on the environment. Tennessee’s Solid Waste Management Act requires counties to have at least one place in the county where used oil can be properly disposed.  Used oil collection grants are funded by a two cent deposit on every quart of oil purchased in the state. 
The first priority for grant funding is to establish collection sites in underserved areas. Other grants will fund improvement or replacement of equipment in existing public and private facilities. Equipment purchased through Oil Collection Grants can include containers, used oil burners, containment structures, shelter covers and other items.
The used oil collection grants announced today include:   

Grant Amount
Project/Equipment Description
Anderson County
Tank, heater
Carter County
Tanks, HD crusher, heater, pump, absorbent
Chester County
HD crusher, heater, pump
Claiborne County
Heater, absorbent tank, canopy, pad
Henderson County
Tank, pad, crusher, heater, pump, absorbent
Jackson County
Tank, canopy, pad, pump, absorbent
Jefferson County
Heater, absorbent
Knox County
Tank, canopy, absorbent
Marion County
Tank, canopy, pad, HD crusher, heater, pump, absorbents
Bi-County Solid Waste Management Montgomery County
Roane County
Tank, absorbent, pad
Smith County
Tank, canopy, pad, absorbent
Union County
Crusher, pump, absorbent
Washington County
Tank, canopy, pad, absorbent
Weakley County

Visit or call toll-free at 1-800-287-9013 for more information concerning used oil collection centers, operating hours, requirements for collection locations that accept commercial used oil and other facts about used oil.

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