Arkansas offers $200,000 for e-scrap efforts

Arkansas offers $200,000 for e-scrap efforts

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 24, 2014

For the ninth year in a row Arkansas is issuing grant funding to help keep scrap electronics out of landfills.

The state's 2014 E-Waste Grants will be awarded to project developers aiming to create jobs and mitigate improper disposal in the state, which does not have an e-scrap law in place.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be accepting applications for grants until Sept. 1 and make decisions on dispersing about $200,000 in funds on or before December 31, a press release states.

The grant program was created "to assist in the development of sustained processes for recovery, recycling, and demanufacturing of scrap computers and electronics" and is funded through the sale of state-owned computers, the website states.

Katherine Benenati, who serves as the DEQ's public outreach and assistant division chief, told E-Scrap News the grants "help provide more recycling opportunities across the state and keep e-waste out of landfills, particularly in rural areas where opportunities may not have existed before."

Benenati also noted the state offers a separate series of annual grants to regional solid waste management districts and local governments looking to properly and sustainably handle computers and other used electronics.

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