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Marion County Solid Waste Authority Receives Big Grant From USDA

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The Marion County Solid Waste Authority is always looking for ways to get involved in the community.

It has recently received a $115,000 grant from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, to allow it to continue pursuing that goal.

USDA said it remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty, and helping out the community allows it to do that.

State Director Bobby Lewis made the announcement on Wednesday that the SWA would be receiving the grant.

The announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

The Marion County Solid Waste Authority will use the funds to assist in developing and implementing an educational disposal program for common toxins, including medications, found in rural Marion and Taylor Counties.

USDA said the program aims to educate the public on the harmful effects those materials can have on the environment and shared water sources.

According to its news release, USDA said it has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration.

It said that Marion County SWA's educational disposal program will allow communities to see those results.

"USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions," the news release said, "These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible."