The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (Ozark Rivers SWMD) has the availability of approximately $150,000 annually in grant funds for waste reduction projects within the seven county areas that the district serves. This list of funded projects is the result of financial incentives sourced from tipping fees charged at landfills. A solid waste management fund was created for the fees collected and the Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program administers this fund and distributes the funds to twenty solid waste districts throughout the state of Missouri.

These awarded projects help Ozark Rivers achieve its goal to reduce the amount of waste generated for disposal by reducing, reusing, remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling valuable materials.

MPRC: Household Hazardous Waste

  • $9,000.00
  • Funding for oversight of a household hazardous waste program with two satellite collection sites hosted by the cities of St. Robert and Rolla.

MRPC: Special Collections

  • $18,000.00
  • Funding for project management of special collection events for electronics, appliances and tires for residents in the district.

MRPC: Community Outreach & Assistance

  • $13,797.00
  • Funding to provide for needs requested outside of the annual grant cycle or addressing emergencies such as material management from flood clean-ups. Smaller projects requiring minimal funding may also be considered for waste reduction activities.

MRPC: Illegal Dump Survey & Cleanup

  • $30,000.00
  • Funding for an illegal dump program targeting a new survey to determine progress and any new dumpsites since the original survey was completed in 2003. Includes monies for county roadside collection of illegally dumped tires throughout the district and school field trip transportation related to waste reduction.

MRPC: Environmental Education & Outreach

  • $14,978.86
  • Funding for district-wide environmental education aligned with target material priorities such as food waste reduction and composting. Provides school-based multi-media presentations to raise awareness of the district’s goals for waste management.

Dixon High School Key Club

  • $6,603.00
  • Funding for the Dixon school district’s student-led recycling program, The Choice is Yours- Waste it or Recycle It! Provides for student education and recycling of cans, cardboard and mixed papers from three schools and local businesses.

Community Partnership of Rolla

  • $9,201.00
  • Funding for staffing a management position to oversee textile recycling and increase volunteer participation for thrift store operations.

Kaleidoscope Discovery Center

  • $5,580.00
  • Funding for the Center to become a model office and building space for waste reduction through a “Strive for 75” campaign. With a multi-year plan, this phase will develop a model at the Rolla facility with a goal of 75% waste diversion.

Dixon Area Caring Center Recycling Center

  • $18,915.00
  • Funding for a full scale recycling center with staffing, equipment, supplies and transportation cost. Operations also include textile bailing from the adjacent resale shop and a 24/7 drop-off recycling center.

Carney Dirt: Utilizing Public Art to Divert C&D Waste

  • $9,000.00
  • Funding for a demonstration project for C&D waste diversion by re-purposing construction materials into an outdoor art installation at Onondaga Cave State Park.

Salem Memorial District Hospital

  • $10,995.00
  • A start-up recycling and waste reduction campaign for a hospital-wide recycling program.

City of Waynesville

  • $7,106.27
  • Funding for decreasing contamination through educational materials and distributing additional recycling bins for city residents.

City of Rolla Recycling Center

  • $7,095.00
  • Funding for video production demonstrating closed-loop recycling from newspaper being recycled curbside to local egg carton manufacturing.

Total = $160,271.13

MRPC HHW Satellite Collection Centers

  • $20,623.90
  • Management of a household hazardous waste program supporting satellite collection facilities hosted by the cities of St. Robert and Rolla for the district’s residents.

MRPC Special Waste Collections

  • $26,509.15
  • Project management of residential special collection events for electronics, appliances and tires as requested by cities within the district.

MRPC Community Outreach & Assistance Fund

  • $2,319.85
  • Funding to provide for needs requested outside of the annual grant cycle or addressing emergencies such as material management from flood clean-ups. Smaller projects requiring minimal funding may also be considered.

MRPC Illegal Dump Cleanups

  • $43,952.00
  • A project supporting collection of illegally dumped tires collected by county road crews. Illegal dump volunteer clean up events are also coordinated through this program. Upon request, funding for student transportation for field trips relating to waste management.

MRPC Education, Public Awareness and Business Outreach

  • $27,347.15
  • Provides for projects aligned with target material priorities such as food waste reduction and composting. Provides school-based environmental education presentations to raise awareness of the district’s goals for waste management.

Phelps County Tough on Trash

  • $8,555.00
  • Program coordination of a volunteer Adopt A Road program to curb illegal dumping along with surveying county roads to determine problematic areas.

Dixon High School Key Club

  • $6,486.00
  • A school-based recycling program from collection to sale of materials that targets the entire school district plus local businesses. Education is also provided for elementary students.

Maries County

  • $8,385.50
  • A project promoting illegal dump prevention and clean-up throughout Maries County along with hosting a community river clean up.

Dixon Area Caring Center

  • $22,750.00
  • Support for staffing, equipment, supplies and transport of materials through a community based recycling center.

Tacony Manufacturing

  • $15,960.00
  • Purchase of a grinder for use in manufacturing to reduce resulting waste from the injection molding process.

The Community Partnership

  • $10,697.20
  • Funding for adding a staff management position to oversee textile recycling through a community based thrift store.

City of Hermann

  • $4,000.00
  • Funding to purchase a replacement forklift for the city recycling center.

Total = $197,585.75

MRPC HHW Satellite Collection Centers

  • $37,161.30
  • Funding and management of a household hazardous waste (HHW) program with two satellite collection sites hosted by the cities of St. Robert and Rolla. These services are free to all district residents along with community HHW presentations upon request.

MRPC Special Collections

  • $27,996.60
  • Funding and project management of residential special collection events for electronics, appliances and tires upon request within the district. This program has diverted 30 tons annually from landfills. Some fees are subsidized while most items are accepted at no cost.

MRPC Community Outreach & Assistance Fund

  • $5,000.00
  • Provides for requests made outside of the grant cycle or for small projects. Examples include debris disposal after a disaster, supplies for school based recycling education, or printing recycling brochures.

MRPC Illegal Dump Cleanups

  • $8,910.70
  • Funding and management for coordinating the collection of illegally dumped tires collected by county road crews throughout the district. Illegal dump volunteer clean up events are also coordinated through this program. Funding for student field trip transportation related to waste management is available upon request.

MRPC Education, Public Awareness & Business Outreach

  • $33,553.53
  • Funding for residential and business education to expand awareness of waste reduction strategies along with school-based programs on composting and food waste reduction for primary and secondary schools.

Phelps County Tough of Trash

  • $8,970.00
  • Funding for program coordination of a volunteer Adopt A Road program to curb illegal dumping along county roadways. Trash patrol activities include surveying county roads to determine problematic areas.

Dixon High School Key Club

  • $4,850.00
  • Funding for the “Choice is Yours- Waste it or Recycle It” school based recycling program providing recycling for the high school and a few local businesses in the Dixon community. Students collect all materials and bail cardboard.

Maries County Recycling

  • $5,980.00
  • Funding for Maries County for litter control and an illegal dump cleanup program using community service workers with emphasis on recycling the collected materials.

Jack Kaufmann: In the Green Productions

  • $5,400.00
  • Funding for a multi-media environmental education presented through school-wide assemblies for primary and secondary schools.

DACC Recycling Center

  • $28,637.20
  • Funding for a community recycling drop-off center for expanding operations that included equipment, supplies, salary and transportation of materials.

Bourbon High School Vermicomposting

  • $9,536.56
  • Funding for a pilot project for food waste reduction through composting and vermicomposting – the school’s kitchen waste went into tumblers and then vermicomposted (worms).

Total = $175,995.89

Phelps County Tough on Trash X – $11,900.00

Maries County Recycling for Environmental Excellence – $7,272.00

Dixon High School: The Choice is Yours; Waste it or recycle it – $7,690.00

The Curators of the University of Missouri – $10,000.00

Jack Kauffmann: In the Green Productions – $6,600.00

Dixon Area Caring Center – $20,560.00

Intergovernmental Educational Recycling Program – $11,487.64

MRPC Special Waste Collections – $25,047.60

MRPC HHW Collections – $35,687.68

MRPC Education, Public Awareness & Business Outreach – $35,523.57

Kaleidoscope Discovery Center – $5,000

City of St. James – $9,916.61

Total = $186,685.10

Phelps County Tough on Trash X – $11,730.47

Waynesville R-VI School District: Go Green Tiger Recycling – $39,476.00

Wallis Companies’ Recycling Initiative – $7,000.00

Maries County Recycling for Environmental Excellence – $6,842.00

Phelps County Courthouse Recycling – $6,541.70

MRPC HHW Collections – $32,625.44

MRPC Compost Education Program in Schools – $14,851.20

MRPC Illegal Dump Cleanup Program – $20,095.78

MRPC Special Collections – $22,086.05

MRPC Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Update for ORSWMD – $21,483.18

MRPC Community Outreach and Assistance – $5,000.00

Dixon High School: The Choice is yours; Waste it or Recycle it – $5,100.00

City of Salem Recycling – $48,860.80

Total = $241,692.62

Phelps County Tough on Trash IX – $12,270.80

City of Rolla: Organic Collection and Composting Feasibility Study – $7,500.00

Waynesville R-VI School District Go Green Tiger – $26,050.00

MRPC Community Outreach – $16,257.25

MRPC Compost Education Program – $16,736.12

MRPC Illegal Dump Cleanup – $23,484.64

MRPC Special Waste Collection – $34,012.03

MRPC HHW Collection Satellite locations – $32,685.62

City of Salem Recycling – $20,480.00

Maries County Recycing for Environmental Excellence – $7,104.00

Total = $196,580.46

Phelps County Tough on Trash VIII – $11,650.80

Maries County Recycling for Environmental Excellence – $7,144.00

St. James Caring Center Waste Recycling Program – $34,750.00

Dixon High School: The Choice is Yours; Waste it or Recycle it – $13,895.00

MRPC HHW Collections – $31,314.75

MRPC Illegal Dump Cleanup Program – $45,966.80

MRPC Compost Education Program in Schools – $19,992.25

MRPC Bins for Recycling Programs in Schools – $7,484.91

MRPC District Recycling Rate Study – $32,068.65

MRPC Community Outreach & Assistance Funds – $14,765.90

University Extension Food Waste to Fertilizer 2013 – $10,000.00

Jack Kauffmann: In the Green Productions – $14,000.00

Enhancements Inc.: Drop-off Recycling Program – $44,750.00

Waynesville R-IV School District Go Green Tiger Recycling – $21,300.00

Total = $309,083.06