One of the most important things the MARC Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) does is provide financial support to organizations in our region for projects that reduce the amount of 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. So far this year, we have awarded more than $515,000 to eight grantees. Another $70,000 in grant funding is in the final stages of being awarded.
The 2016 grant projects so far include:
- Access Records Management: $50,000 to provide recycling services to businesses.
- Avenue of Life: $51,140 to support the third year of a regional mattress recycling program.
- Bridging The Gap: $80,000 to provide one-on-one consultations and assistance to businesses interested in starting new or expanding existing recycling and composting programs.
- Dr. Joseph Martinich: $12,984 to produce a study on the economics of recycling for the Kansas City region.
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences: $9,000 to improve the campus recycling program.
- MRC Recycling: $5,000 for a baler to manage plastic material.
- Missouri Organic: $206,233 to support infrastructure development for the placement of a food depackaging system (equipment that separates food items from their packaging material, including plastic and cans).
- Project Central: $101,143 to support the second year of consultations for school composting and/or recycling programs.
We are very proud of our 2016 group of grant recipients and excited about their projects. The district could not accomplish its waste diversion goals without our grantees! Visit the Solid Waste Management District’s website to learn more about the grant program.