The Green Alliance, the City of Natchez (MS), and the City of Vidalia (LA) have been selected by the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) to receive a recycling education grant from the new CVP Connect Education Award Program. The new grant program provides resources to select communities that have been dedicated users of CVP Connect, a free online education training tool for recycling coordinators that was launched in 2012 to help communities be more strategic and effective in the promotion of their residential recycling programs.
A Flowers for Charity swap will take place in Bay St. Louis during the June 8th Second Saturday event at the Bay Saint Louis Depot located at 1928 Depot Way facing Blaize Ave. County and nearby residents along with local community groups and organizations are invited to the green space at the Depot beginning at 8:00 AM to exchange crushed aluminum drink cans and/or labeled food cans for a variety of planting material (flower bulbs, etc.). These might include summer flowering bulbs such as Dahlias, Cannas, Gladiolus, Lilies and Caladiums along with Elephant Ears, and Ferns. Most items will NOT be bagged and people should be prepared with their own carrying bags (shopping, garbage, re-cycling, etc.). The bulbs or equivalent material will be exchanged on a first come, first served basis and will continue until 4:00 PM while supplies last. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum cans will be donated to charity. The canned food products will be turned over to the Hancock County Food Pantry. Food other than labeled cans cannot be handled during this event. Cash donations for bulbs, etc., will be accepted from those unable to furnish recyclable aluminum cans or food cans.
Grocery stores are often great recyclers, with robust programs for old corrugated cardboard (OCC) and film/wrap recycling. However, a substantial recyclable portion of a grocer’s waste stream is typically thrown away – rigid plastics. A pilot program created by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) provides a variety of resources and tools to capture some of more than 350 million pounds of rigid plastics generated by medium and large supermarkets in the U.S. This web seminar which will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM CDT will explain the online resources available at www.recyclegroceryplastics.org. You may register for this free webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4011141913156263168.
Plan to join the Mississippi Recycling Coalition for Mississippi's only recycling conference to be held October 28 - 30, 2013 at the Hollywood Casino Resort in Bay St. Louis. This year's conference will include updates on commodity makre conditions, public incentive and outreach programs, legislativve abd regulatory updates, and more. We will have a special focus on Wednesday, October 30, on the economic benefits of the state's recycling industry. For more information, please visit http://www.msrecycles.org/Conference2013 or download a flier.
MDEQ is joining the U.S. Composting Council and other organizations across the country to promote the benefits of composting through the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 6-12, 2013. The ICAW was started in 1999 by the U.S. Composting Council and is held annually during the first full week of May. The purpose of this multi-media event is to educate the public on home composting and encourage the support of larger scale composting operations through participation in community programs and the purchase of compost from locally owned businesses. The theme for ICAW 2013 is Compost: Nature’s Way to Grow!