(Joplin, MO) – Beginning July 1, 2021, 17 new grant projects will begin with a focus on waste reduction, material recovery, and recycling. A total of $559,520 was awarded in several communities in southwest Missouri.
Projects include funding of operations costs for recycling centers in Vernon County, McDonald County, the City of Joplin, City of Carthage, City of Seneca, City of Sheldon, and the City of Neosho, as well as litter control activities in Jasper County and Newton County. Non-profit organizations, namely Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area, received funding for waste reduction efforts as well, along with recycling programs at two sheltered workshops — Quality Products in Nevada and Lamar Enterprises in Lamar. This program allows privately owned businesses to apply. Service Recycling of Joplin received funding for new semi-trailers, which will be placed at area businesses for the collection of recyclable materials and used pallets.
New grant recipients this year are Ritter Industries in Carthage and Noble Earth Recovery in Joplin. Ritter Industries will fabricate a glass pulverizer that will turn bottles and other glass into a fine dust to be used for sandblasting. Noble Earth Recovery is an electronics recycler and will be purchasing a shaker table and hammermill for the recovery of precious metals.
The Region M Waste Management District’s District Planner, Patty Overman, will work closely with these grant recipients. Overman is the Administrative Contractor for the District, reporting to the Region M Executive Board and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Annually, Region M puts out a call for applications and funding is awarded after certain qualifications and criteria is met based on State guidelines of the Department of Natural Resources. The revenue for this program is received through a tipping fee collected at landfills in Missouri in the amount of $2.11 per ton. DNR allocates the funding to be used in each of the 20 districts based on a formula that includes the consideration of population per capita in each district.
For more information, visit regionm.org.
Patty Overman, District Planner
Region M Waste Management District