Poarch Band of Creek Indians Receives EPA Grant for Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama, recently received the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) Tribal Grant in the amount of $787,397 from the Environmental Protection Agency, in as part of a grant program funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL).

The SWIFR Grant Program is a program covered by the Justice40 initiative that aims to provide 40% of global benefits from climate, clean energy, affordable and sustainable housing, clean water and other investments to communities disadvantaged.

The tribe has worked with city officials in Brewton, Alabama, for several years to develop a healthy relationship in environmental education and active recycling efforts. “This valuable investment will give us the opportunity to continue to improve waste management in our communities and significantly improve our recycling capabilities,” said Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace.

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“With this grant, we will be able to conduct a recycling feasibility and sustainability study to make necessary improvements, provide education and awareness, as well as increase community recycling by providing more community recycling containers,” Kristi Weatherford, director of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. environmental programs said. “We are excited to continue our work with local partners like the City of Brewton, to develop a healthy relationship in environmental education and active recycling efforts.

The partnership between the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and the Town of Brewton has played a key role in scaling up environmental efforts in the rural part of the state and has been identified as a successful model for other small cities. While other towns may be abandoning their recycling efforts, the Poarch Band of Creek…

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