Each year the Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) honors outstanding environmental efforts of organizations, businesses, schools, and local governments around the State of Mississippi. Please help us by nominating a deserving person or organization that you believe should be recognized for one of MRC’s annual “Environmental Hero” awards. A panel of judges will use the following criteria to select award winners:
- Promotes recycling as a way to create a better community;
- Conducts continuous recycling and/or environmental programs rather than a one-time project;
- Practices and improves awareness of environmental stewardship; and
- Improves community waste handling and environmental practices.
Deadline for submissions is approximately 48 hours before the Annual MRC Membership and Business Meeting.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition's College Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now being accepted. MRC in conjunction with the Mississippi Beverage Association are offering up to ten $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships are available to undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) enrolled in Mississippi public and private colleges and universities who are either majoring in areas related to environmental sciences, environmental education, and/or are active in promoting recycling or other sustainable practices.
Applications must be submitted using the online form and completed by October 19, 2016. When completing the application, we encourage applicants to highlight any recycling and/or sustainable activities as these are given additional weight during the review process. Transcripts must be received by the deadline and applications with missing or incomplete transcripts will not be eligible for an award. For more information, please read the complete announcement here.
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 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.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition has made a total of $10,000 available in the form of ten $1000 grants to Mississippi public and private schools for the creation, expansion, and/or continuation of a recycling program. MRC has a review committee in consultation with the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and other program sponsors to review the applications. The deadline for applications is normally November 15th of each year, but check our home page for any changes.
Applications will be judged according to the amount of student leadership and/or student participation in the recycling program; the emphasis on educating students about the benefits of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting; and community involvement, participation, and/or outreach of the program. Other major components that will be evaluated include, but are not limited to, the creativity of the program; technical design of the program; sustainability of the program; and maximization of resources.
Guidelines and Instructions
All entrants must follow the following guidelines and instructions:
- No more than one application per school will be accepted. If necessary, combine all areas of your recycling program into one application.
- A budget outline must be included in response to Question 6. A budget outline should account for the full $1,000 grant award and cannot include classroom or office expenses unless these expenses are explained elsewhere in the questionnaire.
- All signatures should be completed in an ink other than black and the original should be submitted to the Mississippi Recycling Coalition by U.S. Mail to:
Mississippi Recycling Coalition
Attn: School Recycling Grant Committee
Post Office Box 23294
Jackson, MS 39225
- Please complete and submit all forms electronically from the locations above. Printed applications will be accepted, but must be clearly printed on recycled paper and printed on both sides of the paper.