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.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's enHance Program will be holding a webinar that starts at 1:00 PM CST, Thursday, February 12, 2015 on Energy Savings Opportunities for Mississippi Industries. This one-hour webinar will introduce attendees to free services available to them to help reduce energy usages and costs. Speakers from the Industrial Energy Efficiency Program of the U.S. Department of Energy will provide an overview of software tools, on-site services, and programs that are available at no charge to assess and implement energy saving opportunities. Speakers from the Mississippi Development Authority's Energy Division will discuss financing opportunities and provide an overview of new energy efficiency programs offered by utilities in Mississippi. Those interested should register for this webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3637937994188704513
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