News Release 439

MARC's Solid Waste Management District and Cass County Sustainability Committee recycles more than 59 tons of solid waste

Volume 37-439 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 18, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources applauds the partnership of the Mid-America Regional Council, or MARC, Solid Waste Management District and the Cass County Sustainability Committee, which has resulted in a county-wide recycling program that has diverted more than 59 tons of solid waste from Missouri's landfills between March 1 and Sept. 30 of this year. The goal of the committee is to promote recycling and sustainable practices in Cass County.

In fiscal year 2009, the MARC Solid Waste Management District awarded the committee more than $16,000 to support its educational efforts for a new rotating recycling center in the county. The center rotates between the rural communities of Peculiar, Freeman, Drexel and Garden City within the county. The committee partners with Town and Country Disposal to place a bin each Friday for the following weekend drop-off site.

"Rural recycling has its challenges, particularly with issues of transportation. The partnership with Town and Country is very timely given they recently completed the installation of a Materials Recovery Facility in Cass County. While distance between communities and the facility are still far, it is clearly more attainable," said Nadja Karpilow, Environmental Planner with the MARC Solid Waste Management District.

The project is largely done with volunteer help, including program manager Doris Sherrick, who added "I'd love to keep a hand in keeping the center going and perhaps make the rotating sites into something permanent."

For more information about solid waste management districts and grant opportunities, visit the Department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp or call 573-751-5401.

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