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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!
1st SWANA (MO Chapter) ROAD-E-O
The MO Chapter of SWANA is holding its first ever equipment and driver ROAD-E-O April 25-26, 2014. The goal is to bring the solid waste industry, both public and private, together to identify and recognize operators from around the State of Missouri who are the best at what they do.
Download the flier & registration form, or download the sponsorship package information & registration form.
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.
2014 Proposed MORA By-Law Change
Click here to view the 2014 proposed MORA by-law changes that will be discussed/voted at the Annual Membership Forum on 2/13/2014.
Earth Day 2014 Events List
Earth Day will be here soon! Find an event to attend this April 22 by viewing our national and local events list here.
E-waste Stakeholders Workgroup - Meeting on January 31
Attached HERE is an agenda for the E-waste Stakeholder’s Group Meeting rescheduled for, January 31, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We have extended the time from the original schedule as several attendees expressed concern about the limited amount of time available for discussion. We plan to break from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch on your own. We are currently working on an E-waste Stakeholder’s Workgroup webpage and will forward that link when available.
While a call-in number is provided at the top of the Agenda page for those unable to attend in person, we encourage attendance at this initial meeting. Given past experience a large number of call-in participants for a stakeholder process is routinely not as effective as in-person attendance. (Note: The stakeholders process is intended to allow for open discussion which can sometimes be impeded by limitations caused by telephone equipment.) If you plan to attend the meeting, please reply to this e-mail so that we may plan adequate copies and space for all attendees.
We encourage you to share this e-mail with other entities or individuals known to have an interest in e-waste and its collection, recycling and disposal that would like to actively contribute to this stakeholder process. Please have them respond to this e-mail stating their planned attendance.
If you have questions before the meeting, please feel free to e-mail or call. We look forward to seeing you on the 31st.
Brenda Ardrey, CGFM
Operations Section Chief
Solid Waste Management Program
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.
2014 AF&PA Recycling Awards
Enter today - - the 2014 American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Recycling Awards are officially underway!
The annual awards program has been redesigned to offer increased opportunities for outstanding paper recycling efforts to be recognized. Applicants in three categories – school, business and community – each have four chances to win: programs will be judged on creativity, participation, partnership, and volume collected. Winners receive a cash prize, an original piece of framed artwork, and visibility in local and national media.
Best practices of winning recycling programs will be featured on paperrecycles.org and in AF&PA outreach materials to inspire and encourage others to take up, or increase, paper recycling. All efforts contribute to the industry-wide goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020.
Don't miss this opportunity to gain attention for your paper recycling program! For more information and to apply, visit paperrecycles.org Deadline for all entries is March 7, 2014.
Questions? AF&PA will host a webinar on January 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST that will provide an overview of the awards program, award categories and entry process. Sign up here.
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.
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! View the KAB Missouri State Recycling Report!