The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is offering up to $10,000 in grants to schools to support new or expanding recycling programs. Both $500 and $1,000 grants are available to public and private K-12 schools in Mississippi. This grant program supports the mission of MRC, a non-profit organization that works to promote and grow recycling efforts in the state.
Applications are due Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Mailed applications should be postmarked by that date; faxed and emailed applications should be submitted by 11:59 p.m.
MRC accepts applications through mail, fax and email. Please make sure applications and all accompanying forms are submitted by the deadline. Also, please note guidelines and instructions below.
Mail: ATTN: School Recycling Grants, Mississippi Recycling Coalition, PO Box 23294, Jackson, MS 39225
Fax: ATTN: School Recycling Grants, Mississippi Recycling Coalition, 601-961-5785
Guidelines and Instructions:
- MRC only accepts one application per school.
- A budget outline must be included in response to Question 6 on the application form. The budget must support the grant amount the school is requesting (e.g. $500 or $1,000).
- We request that all signatures be completed with an ink pen in a color other than black.
- Applications without the necessary signatures will not be considered.
- Only typed pages will be considered.
- Font size should be no smaller than 10 points and no larger than 14 points.
- In responding to Questions 1-6 of the application, additional attachments or enclosures may be included if needed.
Durable recyclable bins are available free to government agencies, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups through the Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program offered by the Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful. The deadline to apply is Oct. 7.
The Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful offer the grant program annually to increase convenience and expand opportunities for recycling.
When applying, applicants select bin style from a menu of options. If selected, bins will be shipped free of charge. The grant process is competitive. The program has a matching component, and discounted recycling bins are available for purchase. Applicants who commit to matching the program’s investment in bins will receive preference in the selection process.
Keep America Beautiful will notify successful applicants in late October. Bins will arrive in January 2017.
To learn more or to apply, visit www.kab.org/coca-cola-recycling-grant.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) invites you to Mississippi’s largest annual recycling meeting on November 1-2 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi. The MRC State Recycling Conference draws representatives from local governments, state and federal agencies, universities and colleges, businesses and non-profit organizations as well as recycling and solid waste professionals for two days of informative sessions and networking opportunities.
Conference topics will include:
- Why Measurement Matters
- Expanding Community Recycling Efforts
- Updates from the Southeastern Recycling Development Council and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4
- Special Materials Recycling
- Public Outreach and Education
- Institutional Recycling
- Organics Recycling
In addition, the MRC is offering two pre-conference activities: a Material Recovery Workshop led by The Recycling Partnership on “Addressing Contamination in Your Recycling Stream” and a tour of Deer Island led by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Both activities will be held on November 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you are interested in participating in one of these activities, please make the appropriate selection on your conference registration form.
The MRC has secured a limited number of rooms at the Beau Rivage for conference attendees at a group rate of $89 per night for the nights of October 31 and November 1. Hotel reservations may be made online using this link or by calling 888-567-6667. Attendees making reservations by phone will need to use the group code MRC November Meeting. Reservations must be made on or before Friday, October 7, 2016 to receive the group rate.
Registering for the Conference
Conference registration is $175 for members and $275 for non-members. Register by mailing, emailing or faxing this completed form using the contact information given on the form.
To get the discounted registration rate, we encourage you to join the MRC or renew your membership now by indicating on the registration form.
Proceeds from the MRC’s conference and membership make our Annual Recycling Conference possible as well as support our various programs and events including our School Recycling Grants, College Scholarships, Environmental Hero Recycler of the Year Awards and the annual Recycling Awareness Day at the State Capitol.
Exhibitors and Sponsors
The MRC State Recycling Conference provides a great opportunity for businesses, organizations and other entities to promote their brand, products and services to the recycling community as well as show their support for the MRC by exhibiting or through sponsorship.
The Exhibitor rate is $400 for members and $500 for non-members. Exhibitors will receive one registration to the conference as well as one table and chairs in the exhibit hall. Electricity will be provided for exhibits upon request.
Sponsorship levels are listed below. The MRC will recognize all sponsors in program materials and at appropriate event times during the conference. Sponsorships of $750 and above include the benefits of an Exhibitor. Sponsorships of $1,500 or greater will include an additional conference registration.
Sponsorship levels include:
- Silver-level sponsor: $750
- Gold-level sponsor: $1,500 and up
- Other sponsor: $250 minimum
Register as an exhibitor or sponsor by mailing, emailing or faxing this completed form using the contact information given on the form.
Once you submit your completed registration form, MRC will send you an invoice. Payments can be sent by check via mail or can be made online below.
Sponsors, if you didn't see your option above, you can enter a custom amount below:
If you wish to join MRC or renew your membership online, you can do so below:
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Jennifer Milner at 601-961-5739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar for the Mississippi Recycling Coalition 2016 State Recycling Conference to be held on November 1-2, 2016 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi. Plan to join us in the heart of the Mississippi Gulf Coast at one of the South's premiere resorts for two days of informative sessions, networking opportunities with the state's recycling community, and much much more!
Download the 2016 conference "Save the Date" flyer here. Additional information on lodging arrangements and conference registration will be available soon!
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition's College Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now being accepted. MRC in conjunction with the Mississippi Beverage Association are offering up to ten $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships are available to undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) enrolled in Mississippi public and private colleges and universities who are either majoring in areas related to environmental sciences, environmental education, and/or are active in promoting recycling or other sustainable practices.
Applications must be submitted using the online form and completed by October 19, 2016. When completing the application, we encourage applicants to highlight any recycling and/or sustainable activities as these are given additional weight during the review process. Transcripts must be received by the deadline and applications with missing or incomplete transcripts will not be eligible for an award. For more information, please read the complete announcement here.