Region M Waste Management District News for March 2023

As spring approaches, find the latest news from Region M Waste Management, including updates on their grant timeline, recycling initiatives, and much more below.

Upcoming Community Recycling Events

Region M will be participating in regional recycling events between March and June. The dates are as follows:

  • Neosho, Newton County — March 25, 2023
  • Nevada, Vernon County — April 22, 2023
  • Lamar, Barton County — May 6, 2023
  • Carterville, Jasper County — May 20, 2023
  • Noel, McDonald County — June 10, 2023

The City of Neosho is also partnering with Region M to offer a free tire collection event for Newton County Residents, which will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Neosho Recycle Center (4700 Howard Bush Drive). The guidelines are as follows:

  • Open to Newton County residents only.
  • Tires may not be dropped off before or after the event.
  • Limit of ten tires per household.
  • No businesses.
  • Please remove rims.
  • Passenger tires and light truck tires only.
  • ATV, tractor, racing, and semi tires will not be accepted.

All the donated tires will be shredded and their metal threads removed. The rubber will be ground and combined with other materials to be made into composite lumber for picnic tables and benches. Recycling services will be provided by Champlain Tire. Hauling of tires is funded by Region M through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Region M Visit with Ritter Industries

Region M recently toured Ritter Industries where they learned how glass is pulverized to be used later as sand-blasting medium.

Tour Noble Earth Recovery on March 15

Come and see how Noble Earth Recovery, LLC uses a hammermill and shaker table to properly break down and recycle hard drives on Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00 am. The tour of this electronic recycling company is by invitation only.

If you would like to join the tour, please reach out to Patty Overman at

Have You Considered Hosting a Meeting?

Region M would love the opportunity to visit and tour your facility and recycling centers! There are still dates available in 2023 where our Executive Board could meet and learn more about your programs.

To schedule a time, please contact Patty Overman at

March Third Thursday

Region M will be at Downtown Joplin Alliance’s first Third Thursday of the year! Stop by and see us at the Region M booth on Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm as downtown Joplin goes green.

Find out more about Third Thursday here.

Earth Day 2023

Earth Day is next month! Region M would love to partner with you to promote your events and spotlight environmental activities as we celebrate Earth Day 2023. Please contact Patty Overman at to learn more.

Join us and our friends at Wildcat Glades Friends Group to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day during May the Forest Be With You! This fun, family -friendly event will take place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on April 22, 2023, at Wildcat Park in Joplin. Learn more on the Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page.

Water Bottles Wanted

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce is looking for empty water bottles for an Earth Day project for their new Community Earth Day Celebration on April 22.

Empty water bottles can be dropped off at the Carthage Chamber office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please make sure to drop off all your water bottles by March 17!

The Region M App is Coming Soon!

Region M’s app is currently under construction and will be launched soon. The app will include a recycling drop-off locator, information about upcoming events, educational information, volunteer opportunities, and grantee/community spotlights. However, Region M needs your help! If there’s something you would like to see included in the new app, email your content ideas to

FY2024 (07/011/23-06/30/24) Grant Round Timeline

Region M is happy to announce that they received 19 applications for their FY2024 Grant Round timeline. These requests add up to $860,739.57 in funding and an estimated 6,529.5 tonnage diverted!

FY2024 applicants will meet on Tuesday, March 21 to present their proposed projects. The Review Committee will score the grant applications and they will be ranked accordingly. Funding allocations will be made on April 19. There is a shortfall of over $450,000, so there is a big task ahead for Region M’s Executive Board and Review Committee!

Join Region M at Their Next Monthly Board Meeting

Location: Advanced Training & Technology Center (420 Grand Avenue, Joplin)

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 21 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

FY2024 grant applicants will give a brief presentation about their proposed project during this time.

To receive more information, please click here.


Patty Overman, District Planner
Region M Waste Management

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