One of the most important things the MARC Solid Waste Management District does is provide financial support to organizations in our region for projects that reduce the material we send to landfills. The district receives funding every year from the fees collected from the state’s landfills and transfer stations. Half of that amount is used to fund local waste reduction, reuse and recycling projects through a grant program.
We are very proud of our 2014 group of grant recipients and excited about their projects. The district could not accomplish its waste diversion goals without our grantees!
The 2014 grant projects are:
- Avenue of Life: $173,371 to develop a regional mattress recycling program.
- Bridging The Gap: $23,900 to provide one-on-one consultations and assistance to businesses interested in starting new or expanding existing recycling programs.
- City of Blue Springs: $5,100 to purchase recycling bins for four city parks.
- City of Riverside, Mo.: $3,210 for marketing and vendor costs for the 2014 Northland Recycling Extravaganza.
- Friends of the City Market: $20,000 to provide support staff to assist River Market vendors in separating food waste for composting.
- Grain Valley School District: $7,800 to start a food waste composting program in two schools.
- Jackson County, Mo.: $64,632 to support start-up costs for a regional drop-off yard waste facility.
- The Rehabilitation Institute: $31,240 to purchase a truck for transporting collected books to support the third year of a successful book recycling project.
- Ripple Glass: $6,380 for a traveling educational display to encourage glass recycling.
- Southeast Enterprises: $8,500 to support transportation costs associated with a regional holiday light recycling program.
- Trozzolo Communications Group: $195,075 to develop a regional recycling education and marketing campaign.
Visit the Solid Waste Management District’s website to learn more about the grant program.