Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says eight local governments have received more than $1 million dollars in grants for recycling programs from the Alabama Recycling Fund. That cash came from a $1-per-ton fee on the disposal of solid wastes in state landfills, which was part of the Solid Wastes and Recyclable Materials Management Act that Riley signed in 2008.
Tuscaloosa came up the big winner, with a $279,000 grant, but Albertville came in a close second with a $259,000 grant. Dothan, Eclectic, Elba, Florence, Vernon and Lee County also received funds, for a grand total of $1,161,552.
The money must be used to start new recycling programs or expand existing ones.