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 $403,812 to 11 grantees.
The 2018 grant projects so far include:
Avenue of Life: $32,500 to support the fifth year of a regional mattress recycling program.
Avila University: $8,790 to purchase recycling containers and create signage for a campus-wide recycling program.
Bridging The Gap: $84,674 to provide one-on-one consultations and assistance to businesses interested in starting new or expanding existing recycling and composting programs.
Franciscan Mission Warehouse: $30,400 to support staffing and purchase equipment to increase collection and distribution of used medical equipment.
Kansas City Zoo: $24,991 to purchase recycling containers and create signage to support recycling at the zoo.
Meredith Used Car Sales & Recycling: $14,925 to purchase of five, 30-yard containers for the collection of scrap metal in Cass County.
Missouri Recycling Association: $30,000 to support costs for the annual recycling conference scheduled for September in Kansas City.
Platte City: $5,686 to create educational materials and provide staffing to decrease the presence of non-recyclable material placed in curbside bins.
ScrapsKC: $37,325 to support a staff position to increase material donations and to create an inventory database system for the creative reuse store.
Sleepyhead Beds: $83,451 to purchase a truck and fund staff positions to increase the collection and distribution of mattresses.
Urban Lumber: $51,070 to purchase a drying kiln and shelving for reclaiming urban trees for reuse.
We are very proud of our 2018 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.