The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) has reached the time year again for our annual membership renewal, and we hope we can count on the support of our members and sponsors in 2017, our 20th year in service to Mississippi! We also invite those individuals and organizations committed to responsible solid waste management through source reduction, reuse and recycling that are not yet members to join the MRC today! Our members make the work of the MRC possible. We thank all of the members who have supported us over the years, and we encourage new members to partner with us as we continue our efforts to educate residents on the benefits of recycling and promote the growth of the recycling industry in Mississippi.
Through your membership, you enable the MRC to maintain our sponsorship and promotion of various state recycling projects and events including the funding of student scholarships and school recycling grants, the recognition of excellence in recycling in the state, and the education of our citizens on the importance of recycling to Mississippi.
(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.
The final report on the MRF Material Flow Study commissioned by the Carton Council, American Chemistry Council (ACC), National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers (APR), and the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) was released just this past month by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) in conjunction with Reclay StewardEdge and Moore Recycling Associates.
A key emphasis of the report for local governments is the need to communicate with all stakeholders more regularly on material recovery efforts. Regular communication between the local government and MRF operator(s), in particular, is critical to understand the material flow rates and types to the MRF, the opportunity for increasing both volume and types of commodities to the MRF, and the various contamination issues for the MRF operator. In additoin to communication with the MRF, the need for communicating with local residents is also critical. The local governments need to communicate any necessary changes in behavior to residents and other participants in the recycling program. Regular reminders of what materials can be recycled will help keep contamination to a minimum.
MDEQ's Luis Murillo retired on June 30th from state government service after more than 22 years of working with the solid waste management program at the Department. Luis started with MDEQ in 1992 with the State's Waste Tire Management Program after the adoption of the state's waste tire program laws by the Legislature.He worked over the years to help manage Mississippi's programs for the dispersal of waste tire grants, solid waste assistance grants, regional recycling grants, waste tire abatement funds and helped lead various other solid waste and recycling program efforts. In the last few years, Luis had worked primarily with communities in North and South Mississippi to assist with funding support for various local government solid waste programs and services. Luis' easy-going style and brand of humor made him popular with all those who he worked with. Mark Williams with MDEQ's solid waste programs noted that "Luis was an ever-reliable, trustworthy employee and friend who will be sorely missed."
MDEQ will be working in the near future to fill the Grant Coordinator position. However, in the interim, persons in the North and South regions of the state may contact Mark Williams or Denise Rodgers at MDEQ regarding any questions or issues related to solid waste, waste tire or regional recycling grants.
Tomorrow will be the final day for the first week of this year's RecycleMania Tournament. Each year, college and university recycling programs in the United States and Canada compete in an 8-week friendly competition to see who really has the best recycling program. The schools report weekly totals on the amount of recyclables and solid waste collected. The numbers are then compared to see who recycles the most per capita, best recycling rate as a percentage of total wastes generated, and overall lowest amount of recyclables and trash combined. This year, Mississippi Valley State University and the University of Southern Mississippi are representing Mississippi colleges in universities in the competition and we look forward to seeing how each school performs.
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Below are job openings that various members of the Mississippi Recycling Coalition have asked us to post. Every posting has a contact person for you to direct inquiries to, please do not contact MRC about these positions. Any MRC member wishing to post an announcement should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief job description, requirements, and who to contact for more information.