TDEC To Present Food Waste Grant At Putnam County Schools

COOKEVILLE – On Tuesday, March 27, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau will present a $150,072 grant check to Putnam County for equipment to support a countywide composting effort at schools, nursing homes, restaurants and homes.

Specifically the grant will support the purchase of a bobcat; truck with lift; concrete pad; 500, 64-gallon containers; 300 food waste collection containers; and 800 units of residential composting equipment.

WHAT:      TDEC check presentation to Putnam County

WHO:          Bob Martineau, Commissioner, TDEC
Catherine Jones, Principal, Prescott South Elementary School
Trey Upchurch, Principal, Prescott South Middle School
Randy Porter, Putnam County Executive

WHEN:        Tuesday, March 27, 2018
9:30 a.m.        Tour of Elementary School recycling display and compost operation
10:00 a.m.      Tour of Middle School garden and compost operation
10:30 a.m.      Check presentation and remarks

WHERE:   The check presentation and remarks will take place in the outdoor classroom between the schools.

Prescott South Elementary School
115 W. Cemetery Rd.
Cookeville, TN 38506

Prescott South Middle School
1859 S. Jefferson Ave. 
Cookeville, TN 38506

TDEC announced nearly $4 million in grants to combat food waste in December 2017. For more information, visit