Did you know that your Missouri city is part of a Solid Waste Management District (SWMD)? The Mid-America Regional Council’s SWMD was formed in 1990 when Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri decided to work together to increase resource recovery, decrease the volume of waste going to landfills, and encourage regional planning for solid waste management. Ray County joined the district in 1995. The district now serves five counties and more than 80 cities in Missouri.
The MARC Solid Waste Management District administers a solid waste grant program for waste reduction, reuse and recycling projects. Many cities and counties, nonprofit organizations, businesses and schools have used this grant program. The district also supports the collection and disposal of household hazardous waste through contracts with two permanent collection facilities and a number of mobile collection events. A number of public education initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of waste the region sends to area landfills have been developed by the district. (Have you seen Eco Elvis get “All Shook Up” over recycling?) The district also manages the RecycleSpot.org website and a recycling hotline that provide residents information on recycling opportunities in the region.
Learn more about the SWMD, how it was formed, how it’s funded and governed on our website.