2014 Board of Director’s Election
Call for Nominations
This is your opportunity to shape MORA as it accelerates its work to improve recycling across Missouri and moves us toward our 75% diversion goal!
As a MORA Board member, you are expected to attend monthly half-day meetings in mid-Missouri and participate in committee work of your choosing. Four board members will be elected to serve three year terms. Meetings are informative and stimulating; we stick to Roberts Rules to keep moving, but we also have fun! This is a chance to work behind the scenes and help move MORA forward.
If interested, please submit your bio and letter of interest by 5:00pm, Friday August 8, 2014.
If you are interested or know a person who is interested please contact us for more information. Candidates must be current MORA members in good standing.
Submit questions to Linda Adams or Angie Gehlert.
MORA News & Events
Calling all Middle School Students!...
Enter the Climate Change In Focus Video Challenge! The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have just announced a new video contest that asks middle school students to produce a short video about why they care about climate change, and what they can do about it. Find out more here!
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.
City of Columbia, MO Waste Recycling Utility Highlighted in WasteAdvantage Magazine
In the January 2014 issue of WasteAdvantage Magazine, the City of Columbia, MO Solid Waste Utility was spotlighted in an article titled "The City of Columbia, MO's Solid Waste Utility: At the Cutting Edge of Waste and Recycling".
Click here to read the article in the digital edition.
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!