WALLOWA COUNTY – The Department of Environmental Quality has awarded Wallowa County $38,381 through a mobile recycling program. Wallowa County will use the funds to launch a new Mobile Recycling Program. The project will support a new part-time position and the purchase of a new trailer and bins to collect sorted recyclable material from local schools, community events and businesses for delivery to the county recycling center.
DEQ grants support human and environmental health by reducing the environmental impacts of materials at all stages of their lifecycle. The recipients help reduce waste, build capacity for reuse and repair, rescue food and support responsible recycling. Since 1991, DEQ has awarded over $9 million in these and other Materials Management grants.
Grant Descriptions The 2020 grantees fall into four categories: 1) food waste prevention and rescue, 2) recycling, 3) reuse and repair, and 4) outreach and education. This year, in light of the extraordinary disruptions caused by COVID-19, DEQ prioritized projects that have been adapted to meet new health and safety restrictions and that provide greater access to waste prevention and reuse activities, particularly for historically marginalized communities.