The Arkansas Recycling Coalition has announced an upcoming food waste workshop in our neighboring state. The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the U.S. Food Loss and Reduction Goal has helped to bring the topic of food waste to the forefront of organizations involved in the promotion of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. This national goal aims to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by the year 2030. Recognizing Arkansas as one of the leading producers of food in the U.S., the Arkansas Recycling Coalition (ARC) has taken on the responsibility of addressing food waste issues and exploring ways to reduce food loss and waste in the state moving forward.
The ARC and its partners invite you to join them as they discuss ways to tackle this important issue at the Food Waste Workshop to be held July 7, 2016 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at Sherwood Forest located at 1111 West Maryland Avenue in Sherwood, AR.
For workshop speakers, sponsorship and registration information please call the ARC office at (866) 290-1429 or use the following link to the ARC website: https://www.recycleark.org/food-waste-workshop-2016/.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is pleased to announce the 2015 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 environmental program efforts. The nominees are evaluated based on the promotion of recycling, the duration and extent of their recycling program(s), the overall environmental stewardship, and the manner in which recycling has improved community waste handling and environmental practices. MRC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Environmental Hero Awards for “Recycler of the Year” in the following 5 categories:
- DeSoto County is the recipient of the 2015 “Local Government Recycler of the Year” Award for the state. DeSoto County is being recognized for its progressive implementation and continued promotion and growth of the county recycling program.
- Hinds Community College is the recipient of the 2015 “Educational Institution Recycler of the Year” Award for the state. Hinds Community College has a long history of promoting and providing recycling services that spans the past 20 years.
- The Uncle Ben’s Facility in Greenville is the recipient of the 2015 “Business and Industry Recycler of the Year” Award for the state. The Greenville Uncle Ben’s Facility is a division of Mars, Inc. a national food company that employs a company-wide Zero Landfill Initiative.
- The Camp Shelby Recycle Center of the Mississippi Army National Guard is the recipient of the 2015 “State and Federal Government Recycler of the Year” Award for the state. The Camp Shelby Recycle Center is a part of the Mississippi Army National Guard Qualified Recycle Program.
- Keep the Reservoir Beautiful is the recipient of the 2015 “Non-Profit Recycler of the Year” Award. Keep the Reservoir Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, works to promote waste reduction, recycling, composting, litter prevention and beautification in the area of the Ross Barnett Reservoir located in Central Mississippi.
Congratulations to each of the organizations receiving the 2015 Recycler of the Year Awards for the State! MRC appreciates the hard work, the commitment and the leadership that each of these organizations have consistently demonstrated. The MRC looks forward to continued growth of the recycling industry in Mississippi through the efforts of this year's awards recipients. For the full details on each of the award recipients read the full press release in the left hand column under the Recent Press Releases heading.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is a consortium of recycling companies, local governments, state agencies, and other interested organizations in the State of Mississippi. MRC promotes and encourages responsible solid waste management through various methods such as source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting programs.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the State Capitol for our Annual Recycling Awareness Day with our State Legislature. The MRC will be sponsoring a breakfast for Legislators and staff in the First Floor Rotunda that morning. We will also use this opportunity to provide information and network with our 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 2015 during the event with our annual “Environmental Hero” awards.
We encourage you, our MRC membership, to attend this important event and to contact your local legislators and personally invite them to attend this breakfast and networking session. We also encourage businesses, industries, and organizations that are involved in recycling to consider having an exhibit for the event. However, please note that space is limited in the Rotunda, and we will do our best to honor requests for exhibit space. We will notify exhibitors in advance of the event if there is a reason we cannot honor your request for space.
We ask that everyone planning to attend MRC’s Annual Recycling Awareness Day please contact Jennifer Milner by e-mail to Jennifer_Milner@deq.state.ms.us or by phone to 601-961-5739. Also, contact Ms. Milner if you would like to exhibit at the event or have any questions regarding the event.
The Recycling Partnership has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2016 Recycling Cart Grant. This grant provides resources for communities starting curbside recycling programs using large carts or switching from bins to carts. The goal of the Recycling Partnership in offering these grants is to help increase the quantity and quality of recyclables collected by community programs to provide materials for manufacturing and other industry sectors in the U.S. Many of these industries are funding partners in The Recycling Partnership.
Communities interested in applying for The Recycling Partnership Cart Grant should read the 2016 Request for Proposals carefully and may submit their proposal using the proposal application form. If you have any questions please contact Cody Marshall using the information given below.
Cody Marshall, Technical Assistance Director
The Recycling Partnership
For more information on The Recycling Partnership please visit www.recyclingpartnership.org
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is asking the State's recycling community to nominate outstanding organizations for its annual Environmental Hero - "Recycler of the Year" Awards for 2015. MRC makes the Environmental Hero awards in 6 categories - Local Government, State and Federal Government, Business and Industry, Non-Profit, Educational Institutions and New Program of the Year. The awards recognize those organizations that have conducted extraordinary efforts to grow and sustain recycling in the State of Mississippi during 2015. A nomination form can be obtained in the left hand column of the website under "Forms & Applications." A hard copy form can be obtained by contacting Mark Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-961-5304. MRC encourages all interested parties to file nominations. The deadline for nominations is: Friday, January 22nd, 2016.