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.
We’re all aware of the challenges when it comes to recycling plastic bags and plastic film (i.e. dry cleaning bags, bread bags, plastic film packaging around paper goods, drink bottles, and other plastic films) through curbside collection. Now there’s a growing national movement to boost plastic film recycling by helping communities better educate the public on the appropriate ways to recycle this material, and it’s having an impact. It’s called the Wrap Recycling Acton Program, or WRAP.
Through this free EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy webinar you’ll learn from experts and your peers about how WRAP can help you meet your sustainability goals by improving residential recycling of plastic film packaging, with an emphasis on harmonizing approaches and outreach materials.
Join the US EPA for a free webinar to discuss "Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013" on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 12:00-1:30 PM CDT. This will be a thorough discussion of the recently released Characterization Report (formerly MSW Characterization Report), and participants will hear about the newly expanded and improved measurement efforts by the US EPA to facilitate the move toward more sustainable materials management (SMM). In addition to the national solid waste, recycling, generation, and disposal numbers, the new report now includes data on construction and demolition (C&D) generation and more information on source reduction and economic analysis. You may register for this webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/360359804142107394.
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will be hosting the fourth and final webinar in their series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas. This webinar will assist solid waste collectors in planning for the management of carpet and mattresses — two bulky, difficult-to-handle items.
Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, this webinar will walk attendees through best practices for setting up the infrastructure for carpet and mattress stewardship programs. It will present information about the amount of collection space required, transportation requirements, appropriate processing centers, and materials recovery. And, it will discuss opportunities for all states to increase recycling opportunities and build capacity for carpet and mattress stewardship legislation.
For more information or to register for this free webinar, go to https://www.productstewardship.us/event/carpet-mattress-rural-areas.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is seeking interested applicants for the State Recycling Coordinator's position. The position will help lead the State's efforts to grow and enhance recycling conditions in Mississippi. The primary functions of this position include:
- Administering and directing the Agency's program efforts to coordinate, promote, and measure the recycling efforts of the State of Mississippi.
- Developing and conducting statewide outreach initiatives on recycling and waste reduction for the public; for state and local governments; for schools, colleges and universities; for commercial and industrial facilities; and for other public and private organizations in the State.
- Providing support to the recycling industry in the State to help develop and grow this business and industry sector.
- Assisting with establishing recycling at state agencies and institutions.
- Coordinating the local government recycling efforts in the State of Mississippi.
- Developing, implementing and managing a system for reporting and measuring recycling conditions in the State of Mississippi.