One of the most important things the MARC Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) does is provide financial support to organizations on the Missouri side of 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 landfills and transfer stations in Missouri. 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 $407,146 to 11 grantees.
The 2017 grant projects so far include:
- Avenue of Life: $59,428 to support the fourth year of a regional mattress recycling program.
- Bridging The Gap: $81,187 to provide one-on-one consultations and assistance to businesses interested in starting new or expanding existing recycling and composting programs.
- City of Grandview: $23,625 to purchase a recycling trailer for events and staffing for management and education.
- Composting and Organics Association of Missouri: $8,202 to conduct a regional composting workshop.
- Folk Alliance: $3,608 to support staffing, signage, and recycling and composting bags for the annual conference at the Westin Hotel in Kansas City.
- Independence Avenue Community Improvement District: $17,500 to purchase recycling containers and bags and provide recycling education on Independence Avenue in Kansas City.
- Kansas City Chiefs: $21,981 to purchase dual containers to collect compostables and recyclables from fans.
- Mid-America Regional Council: $48,267 for Recycle More advertising and outreach.
- Project Central: $120,708 to support the third year of consultations for school composting and/or recycling programs.
- Scraps KC: $10,881 to provide support for a newly opened creative reuse store.
- The Rehabilitation Institute: $11,759 to support the sale of used books online.
We are very proud of our 2017 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.