Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Company have announced a call for applications for the 2015 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. The bin grant program has two focus areas: Public Space Bin Grants and Collegiate Bin Grants. The public space bin grant program is open to non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, and religious organizations. The collegiate bin grant program is open to two-year and four-year degree granting colleges and universities. Proposals for both grant offerings will be accepted online until February 27, 2015. MRC encourages interested communities and colleges to consider applying for these grants. Past Mississippi recipients have included the City of Greenwood (2014), Coahoma Community College (2014), Keep Copiah County Beautiful (2012), Keep Corinth-Alcorn County Beautiful (2013), Mississippi Valley State University (2013), The University of Mississippi (2013), and Waynesboro-Wayne County Library (2013).
The Recycling Partnership, an initiative of the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP), has announced their 2015 funding opportunity for counties, municipalities, and solid waste authorities seeking to improve their residential curbside recycling infrastructure. Specifically, the grants will provide funding for cart procurement and education and outreach programs. CVP will also provide successful applicants with recycling education campaign materials tailored to support applicant's cart rollout and technical assistance for community recycling operations. More information is available on the CVP's website.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) will be offering training opportunities for recycling professionals at the organization’s upcoming SWANApalooza event in New Orleans in March. SWANA will be offering its three-day training course on managing recycling systems as a part of its larger Spring Training and Exam Center. The “Managing Recycling Systems” training course will be offered March 16-19, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The training course provides instruction on planning a recycling program, developing and researching recycling markets, collection systems for recyclable materials, processing of recyclables, planning an education and outreach program, establishing and managing contracts for recycling, funding the recycling program, applying end-user standards and quality requirements for recycled products and managing recycling programs to protect human health and the environment
The National Recycling Coalition is offering a free webinar featuring experts in the recycled paper and plastics industries who will provide an update focusing on the domestic and global recovered paper and plastics markets and emerging processing technologies. Registration for this free webinar is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/116458666.
Earlier this week membership renewal notices went out to all current and recent past members (roughly those over the last 3 years) whose membership expired December 31, 2014, or earlier. If you have not received the renewal notice, please email us or call Mr. Reese Yontz at 601-961-5035. If you are not currently an MRC member, now is a great time to join! Go to https://www.msrecycles.org/joinmrc/ to select and complete the appropriate membership application.