Policy Tools Driving Recycling Across All Materials: Disposal Bans, Recycling Policies and Pay-As-You Throw
Interest is growing in increasing recycling program performance and raising recycling rates for post-consumer packaging and printed paper. At the same time, so has interest in exploring the use of policy tools to further drive recycling and the use of best practices by service providers. In particular, industry stakeholders and state officials are taking a second look at disposal bans, recycling mandates and Pay-As-You-Throw policies and wondering if their enactment elsewhere may make sense.
The U.S. EPA has recently announced that they are accepting applications and letter of interest on two Smart Growth grants and the 2015 Smart Growth Achievement Awards. The two grants are the Greening America's Capitals grant which aims to help state capitals develop an implementable vision of environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies and the Local Foods, Local Places grant which aims to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods supporting farmers' markets.
Today the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced the inaugural Regional Recycling Cooperative Grant awards. More than $1 million in grants will be used to fund regional cooperative recycling projects in the cities of Greenwood, McComb, Natchez, and Oxford. Each of the grant recipients, along with their partner communities, will use the grant funding to develop or enhance recycling systems in their region to help achieve the state-wide waste reduction goal of 25%.
"We are excited to launch this new grant program and to work with these cities and their partners to expand recycling services and recycling access in the state, " said MDEQ Executive Director, Trudy Fisher. "Increasing the access to recycling to more Mississippians means that more materials can be diverted from landfills and put back into manufacturing uses where thee materials can be used over and over again."
The Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) has recently released sponsorship information for the upcoming SERDC Summit 2014 to be held November 11-13, 2014 in Point Clear, AL. There are five sponsorship levels available starting at the Gem ($1,000) level up to the Diamond ($15,000) level. The Mississippi Recycling Coalition encourages MRC members to consider sponsoring the SERDC Summit 2014 at one of these levels as we will be holding our Annual Membership Meeting in conjunction with the Summit.
The Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful have announced the availability of the 2013 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 degree granting colleges and universities. Proposals for both grant offerings will be accepted online January 28 - March 4, 2013. MRC encourages interested communities and colleges to consider applying for these grants.