The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Mississippi School Recycling Grants. This year we are awarding up to 10 school grants of $1,000 each to create or expand a school recycling program. This grant is available to both public and private K-12 schools in Mississippi. The deadline for applications this year will be October 31, 2014. More information on the Mississippi School Recycling Grant is available here and applications should be completed online here. If you have any questions regarding these grants, please contact the School Grant Committee by email.
The first of the Southeast Recycling Devleopment Council's 2014 Webinar Series will be this coming Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 2:00 PM CDT. Topics for the webinar will include how to build an efficient, cost-effective Hub & Spoke program; how to feed and sustain a successful operation; and challenges others have faced in doing Hub & Spoke. Speakers will include Jack Horner, Goodwill Industries Knoxville, Inc.; Rob Taylor, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and Robert Hunter, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Registration is free and available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4348936085602209794.
The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership in conjunction with several sponsors are offering a Business Electronics Scrap Collection Day on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Mississippi Farmer's Market (929 High Street, Jackson).
Registration for the Mississippi Recycling Coalition's one-day conference, Sustaining Recycling in Mississippi: Developing Our Game Plan is now open! The conference will be held at the Trustmark Conference Center at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, MS on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A tentative agenda has been released with sessions on recycling initiatives, investment and innovations in the Southeast and beyod, progress on Mississippi's Regional Recycling Cooperative Projects, rural recycling, developing RFPs to include recycling services, special waste recycling, and upcoming grant opportunities. Attendees are encourage to wear their favorite school or sports team's colors and will have the opportunity to tour the Hall of Fame facility during the lunch session. For more information on the conference, please contact Mark Williams of MDEQ at 601-961-5304. If you need help registering, please contact Reese Yontz with the MDEQ at 601-961-5035.
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 12:00 PM CDT the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers (APR) will be hosting a free webinar on Recycling Grocery Rigid Plastics — Continued Progress. North American grocery stores have a great record of recycling cardboard and plastic film. To further expand sustainability efforts, reduce carbon footprint, and decrease waste disposal costs, some grocery chains have implemented an additional program - rigid plastics recycling. Buckets, pails and containers found behind the counters of the deli, seafood, bakery and pharmacy departments are a high volume disposal item with strong recycling market value. Attend this webinar to learn how a major US grocery chain is successfully recovering their grocery rigids, hear from the plastic recycling marketplace on rigid plastics value, and learn what resources are available in Canada and the US to help you implement programs. Speakers include Liz Bedard, APR; Ted Brown, Brown Sustainability Solutions; Kim Brunson, Publix; Keith Bechard, Entropex; and Krista Friesen, CPIA. You may register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3385254825159198210.