(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Environmental Hero Award recipients honoring outstanding recycling programs and organizations in the state. Each year, MRC seeks nominations of organizations, businesses, agencies, schools, and local governments from around the State of Mississippi that have excelled in their recycling and materials management program efforts. The nominees are evaluated based on the success of their recycling efforts including promotion and outreach, the duration and extent of their recycling program, their overall environmental stewardship, and the manner in which recycling has improved community waste handling and environmental practices.
(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is pleased to recognize one of Mississippi’s outstanding young people for her efforts to increase and promote recycling in her community. The Coalition recently presented Ms. Becca Blair of Brandon, MS with a “Recycling Star” Award at a ceremony at the State Capitol Building coinciding with the organization’s Recycling Awareness Day. Becca, age 9, resides with her family in Brandon, MS near the Ross Barnett Reservoir where she has worked to promote and grow recycling in her community. From a very young age, Becca’s family instilled in her the importance of conserving our natural resources and being good stewards of the environment. Along with her family, Becca has been a faithful volunteer with the Keep the Reservoir Beautiful organization since she was only 3 years old.
Jackson, MS – The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is pleased to announce the award of five Mississippi School Recycling Grants for the 2016-2017 School Year to schools in Batesville, Guntown, New Albany, Philadelphia, and Lauderdale County, Mississippi. These grants are offered to all public and private schools teaching grade K-12 students in the State of Mississippi. The awards include a $500 or $1,000 cash award and a complimentary 1-year membership to the Coalition for each school. A panel of MRC members evaluated each school grant application received based on the reuse, recycling, and composting components of the program; the amount of student leadership and student participation in the recycling program; the emphasis on educating students on the benefits of recycling; and the community involvement, participation, and outreach components of the program. Other components considered included the creativity of the program, technical design of the program, sustainability of the program, and maximization of resources within the program.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) invites you to join us on Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM at the State Capitol for our Annual Recycling Awareness Day with our State Legislature. This year the MRC and Keep Mississippi Beautiful are joining together to co-sponsor an Ice Cream Social for our Legislators and staff in the First-Floor Rotunda of the Capitol Building. MRC will also use this opportunity to provide information and network with Legislators on the significant economic impacts that the recycling industry brings to our state. In addition, MRC plans to recognize the “Recyclers of the Year” in the State for 2016 during the event with our annual “Environmental Hero” awards. We will also be recognizing a very special young lady, Miss Becca Blair, who made bringing recycling to her neighborhood in Rankin County, Mississippi her personal mission.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is now accepting nominations for the Environmental Hero Awards, which recognize outstanding recycling programs and organizations in Mississippi. Please help us by nominating a deserving program and organization that you believe has made a difference in the state. The award is open to local governments, state and federal agencies, businesses/corporations, non-profits and educational institutions. In addition, the MRC honors a new program (less than 2 years old) each year in one or more of these categories. Nominations are due February 13, 2017.
The MRC evaluates nominations based on promotion of recycling, the duration and extent of the recycling program, the overall environmental stewardship, and the manner in which recycling has improved community waste handling and environmental practices.
This awards program is part of the MRC’s continued efforts to educate our residents on the benefits of recycling and promote the growth of the recycling industry in Mississippi.