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It won’t be easy passing new legislation to update the 40% diversion goal that was passed in 1990. But MORA wants to help make it easier for you to help spread the word about the campaign with some simple tools and resources:
Take the on-line pledge.
Print and distribute the pledge card (template available here).
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MORA News & Events
Student Team At University of Missouri-Columbia to Receive $14,874 to Study Treatment of Food Waste with Pig Manure
Press Release - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 15, 2014) - A student team at the University of Missouri-Columbia will receive $14,874 from EPA to study the feasibility of treating food waste mixed with swine manure and gather data from the process related to energy use, greenhouse gases and recovered nutrients.
The UMC project, “Feasibility and Life Cycle Assessment of Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Campus Food Waste and Swine Manure,” is one of only 42 student team projects funded this year in Phase I of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program, EPA headquarters officials announced today. The P3 program is designed to stimulate the development of projects and designs that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental challenges.
I’m happy to announce that EPA has recently released a free, new resource to reduce food and packaging waste! The Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit helps restaurants, grocers, caterers, and other commercial kitchens to save money and reduce their environmental impact. We encourage you to explore the toolkit and share extensively with those in your food services network.
2014 Board Election Results
Dan Imig, President
Luke Westerman, Vice President
Michelle Goth, Treasurer
Linda Adams, Secretary
Lauren Henry, City of Jefferson City; Tim Little, Region M SWMD;
Sue Noel, Silver Dollar City; Patty Overman, Service Recycling;
Ruth Anne Parrott, Pioneer Trails RPC; Mary Patterson, Saint Louis County Department of Health; Kara Taylor, City of Lee's Summit;
Layli Terrill; City of Columbia
New Food Waste Study!
A new study commissioned by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, an industry initiative led by grocery manufacturers, food marketers and a restaurant association found that food waste from manufacturing tends to be unused ingredients, unfinished product, or trimmings, peels and other unavoidable food waste. The large volume of food and relatively few manufacturing sites create economies of scale that allow manufacturers to recycle waste at a high rate. Conversely, food waste at the retail level tends to consist of finished products more suitable for donation. Survey respondents cited common barriers that prevented them from diverting more food waste from landfill. Download a copy of the report by clicking on the cover photo.
Missouri 20 year progress report on recycling
Recycling and reuse are real economic generators for our state. In 2012, Missouri exports of waste and scrap totaled $451 million. A conservative estimate is that more than 25,000 jobs are related directly to recycling activities in Missouri. There is tremendous growth potential if we raise our state recycling goal from 40% to 75%, which is more in line with US trends. A national study by the Institute of Local Self-Reliance calculated that every 10,000 tons of additional waste diverted from landfills can create 10 recycling jobs or 75 materials reuse jobs.
Find out how recycling is already strengthening the economy, communities and environment across Missouri in this new report that highlights how far we have come in the 20 years since the solid waste fund was implemented. Download the report by clicking on the image above.
MORA is a proud member of Keep America Beautiful and the National Recycling Coalition, Inc. As the designated state recycling organization (SRO), MORA represents Missouri's recycling interests to these national organizations. Click on the images to see what affiliation with these groups provides MORA members!