The beauty of Pike County depends on all of us to create a healthier and safer environment. We must take pride in our community by supporting the efforts of recycling to reduce solid waste in our homes, schools, churches, businesses and hospitals. The benefit to recycle will sustain our environment by preventing pollution, saving energy and money to reach our goal to go curbside by the year 2015. The time is now to take pride and connect our communities in Pike County.
It all starts with One aluminum can. One cardboard box. One plastic bottle. One newspaper. One person…you…
Keep America Beautiful is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, August 20, 2014 entitled "Promoting Recycling Behavior: What Works." The webinar will begin at 1:00 PM CDT and will last for about 75 minutes. Panelists include Wesley Shultz, Professor, California State University and Monique Turner, Associate Professor, The George Washington University.
Policy Tools Driving Recycling Across All Materials: Disposal Bans, Recycling Policies and Pay-As-You Throw
Interest is growing in increasing recycling program performance and raising recycling rates for post-consumer packaging and printed paper. At the same time, so has interest in exploring the use of policy tools to further drive recycling and the use of best practices by service providers. In particular, industry stakeholders and state officials are taking a second look at disposal bans, recycling mandates and Pay-As-You-Throw policies and wondering if their enactment elsewhere may make sense.
The U.S. EPA has recently announced that they are accepting applications and letter of interest on two Smart Growth grants and the 2015 Smart Growth Achievement Awards. The two grants are the Greening America's Capitals grant which aims to help state capitals develop an implementable vision of environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies and the Local Foods, Local Places grant which aims to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods supporting farmers' markets.
Today the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced the inaugural Regional Recycling Cooperative Grant awards. More than $1 million in grants will be used to fund regional cooperative recycling projects in the cities of Greenwood, McComb, Natchez, and Oxford. Each of the grant recipients, along with their partner communities, will use the grant funding to develop or enhance recycling systems in their region to help achieve the state-wide waste reduction goal of 25%.
"We are excited to launch this new grant program and to work with these cities and their partners to expand recycling services and recycling access in the state, " said MDEQ Executive Director, Trudy Fisher. "Increasing the access to recycling to more Mississippians means that more materials can be diverted from landfills and put back into manufacturing uses where thee materials can be used over and over again."