The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is accepting grant applications for the 2015-2016 Mississippi School Recycling Grants which are available to any public or private school teaching grades K-12. MRC is offering up to ten $1,000 grant awards to schools to start, expand, or continue school recycling programs. This past year, MRC made three recycling grant awards to Ackerman Elementary School, Winona Elementary School and Southaven High School. MRC invites interested schools to submit applications for this year’s school recycling grants. Interested educators and staff may apply online at the organization’s website at https://www.msrecycles.org/school_grant.html. A hard copy application form is also available upon request. Grant applications should be submitted to MRC by October 15, 2015 in order to receive consideration.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 Mississippi Recycling Conference is now open! We encourage you to consider attending and participating in this year's state conference in the great City of Tupelo! Persons interested in attending or finding out more information can visit our conference website at:
A draft agenda will be added soon!
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition has announced the dates and location for the 2015 State Recycling Conference. The meeting is set for October 27—28, 2015 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, MS! Plan to join us in the birth place of Elvis for two days of informative sessions, tours and networking opportunities with the state's recycling community. Additional information on lodging arrangements and registration will be released soon! SAVE THE DATES!
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.
The Tennessee Recycling Coalition will be hosting a workshop entitled Recycling at a Major University on August 13, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Administration Building on the Univeristy of Memphis campus. The workshop will cover the University of Memphis' system of recycling at a large university and how that can be applied to any size of school or business. Personal lessons learned, as well as some great ideas for outreach and promotional ideas about recycling will be shared. There is a $25 registration fee for non-TRC members and you may register for the workshop on TRC's website.