Litter Grant Program
Volunteers remove illegally dumped waste tires during a cleanup funded by a Special Litter Grant in Shelby County in January 2019.
Since 1981, funding collected from Tennessee’s Soft Drink and Malt Beverage industries have been put to work by TDOT towards programs that reduce the number of items on roadsides and prevent littering behavior in communities across the state. In 1983, TDOT issued the first “Litter Grants” to county governments. These grants established pickup programs and provided litter prevention and recycling education at the local level. Today, Litter Grants improve communities in all 95 Tennessee counties and directly touch thousands of Tennesseans each year through volunteerism and educational programming.
TDOT’s Litter Grant funding model and programming is innovative and nationally acclaimed, earning multiple awards from Keep America Beautiful. The Litter Grant program, in addition to other programs such as Adopt-A-Highway, the Litter Hotline, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, and the Nobody Trashes Tennessee campaign, help TDOT to build partnerships and provide a comprehensive, impactful solution to help keep Tennessee clean and green.
Performance metrics and program summaries are reported annually, each March 31st, in the Litter Grant Annual Report linked below.