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Environmental Division - Beautification Office

Litter Grant Program
James K. Polk Building, Suite 400
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee  37243-0333
Phone: 615.532.3456

Teresa Culbreath, Coordinator

Weakley County Float Entry
Tater Town Parade
Gleason, TN

The Weakley County Litter Grant Program (WCLGP) for several years has entered a float into various annual festivals and countywide community events. This float educates the targeted areas of public, students, media, business and government to keep Tennessee clean. Weakley County is involved with all targeted areas to stop littering and to reduce, reuse and recycle. Through the leadership of Weakley County Highway Department's Kermit Hopper, Road Supervisor, in Fiscal Year 2011-2012, Weakley County picked up 115,520 pounds of roadside litter and covered 202 miles on county roadside right of ways. Ms. Landa Harris, Grant Administrator and Educational Coordinator, continuously spearheads innovative and creative ways to educate litter prevention in her county. Deborah James is with the litter pickup team and assists Ms. Harris on educational opportunities. Together they educated over 12,000 citizens to not litter with submitting their float in several community wide events. Mr. Houston Patrick, Weakley County Mayor, supports this grant and his employees in their pickups and educational efforts to reduce litter in Weakley County. Thanks to WCLGP, the Highway Department's employees and County Mayor Patrick for their diverse and continual participation in this grant.

In order to help address the litter problem in Tennessee, a specialty tax on the malt beverage and soft drink industry funds the Tennessee Department of Transportation Litter Grant Program. Grant funds are contracted to county governments for use in litter pickup and prevention activities.

Approximately $5 million is raised annually from this tax and a portion of those funds are distributed to all 95 counties in Tennessee. The amount each county receives is determined by calculations based on county road miles and county population. A percentage of these funds are often re-distributed to local Keep Tennessee Beautiful Affiliates to use for litter prevention educational purposes.

Interesting Facts and Statistics:

  • In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, approximately 23,315,014 pounds of roadside litter were collected through the program; approximately 8,925,532 of those pounds were recycled.
  • Litter was picked up on approximately 428,441 miles of county, state route and  interstate roadsides.
  • Approximately 127,510 Inmates, Community Services, County Employees picked up litter during 2011-2012.

Thanks to the generous support of the soft drink and malt beverage industries, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is able to offer an extra funding opportunity totaling 1 million dollars of grant funds for Special Litter Projects that go beyond routine maintenance. Each winning proposal may be awarded a total amount of $25,000 to $100,000 in grant funds, which will be used to reimburse expenses on a quarterly basis for a maximum of 3 years.

We invite any local government, community organization or non-profit entity to apply. Eligible projects include any activity (pickup or education) that will cleanup or prevent litter in Tennessee. Recycling programs are also eligible.

The deadline for grant applications was November 15, 2012. A list of grant winners is posted below.

StopLitter Products List Catalog:

Report Littering from Vehicles: Toll Free 1-877-8LITTER