Priorities for 2024 ORSWMD Grant Cycle

The district’s list of targeted Materials is based on the state targeted materials list. In addition, Ozark Rivers SWMD has prioritized materials and project areas to address specific needs in the district – however all projects will be considered. The grant application can be found here.

High Priority

  • Household Hazardous Waste (Includes household batteries, oil based paints, waste oil, toxic household cleaners, pesticides/herbicides & fertilizers and more.)
  • Education
  • Scrap Tires
  • Paint
  • Electronic/Appliance Scrap
  • Construction & Demolition Waste
  • Organic (Food) Waste
  • Textiles
  • Plastics (#3-7)
  • Household Batteries

Medium Priority

  • Cardboard
  • Plastics (#s 1 & 2)
  • Other Paper (office paper, pasteboard, mixed paper, etc.)
  • Major Appliances
  • Waste Oil
  • School Lab Waste
  • Mixed Glass
  • Carpet and Padding*
  • Mattresses*

Low Priority

  • Ferrous Metals Old
  • Bi-Metal Containers
  • Yard Waste
  • Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Old Newspaper
  • Solar Panels*

*Denotes new items from previous grant cycles.

Examples of applying the above categories into activities for grant projects:

  • Education — Waste reduction and recycling education is integral to the district’s mission. This priority emphasizes the need to carry out educational efforts that raise awareness and increase participation in waste reduction, recycling programs and contamination reduction. Example: community or school based food waste reduction program.
  • End-Market Development — Projects that support the development of new markets and the expansion of existing markets for recovered materials generated in our region. Example:  manufacturing of products from recycled materials.
  • Waste Reduction and Reuse — Projects which support waste reduction and reuse activities that include community-based projects that focus on repair services, lending libraries, and educational projects that teach waste reduction, such as purchasing re-purposed materials for homeowners.  Example:  Fix-it clinics for repair of small appliances, lamps, and sewing.

Other Priorities:

  • Hard-To-Recycle Items — Collection, processing and end markets for hard-to-recycle materials. Examples include furniture, mattresses, carpet, rigid plastics (such as laundry baskets and toys), Styrofoam, ceramics and porcelain.
  • Organics Management — Projects that address infrastructure and collection programs for food waste composting or develop pilot projects for school based food waste reduction and composting activities.
  • Construction and Demolition Waste — Projects which effectively address the diversion of construction and demolition materials or develop ways to incorporate the reuse of discarded construction and demolition materials into an existing business.
  • Special Events/Business/Multi-Family Dwelling Recycling — Improve access to recycling in multi-family buildings and increase recycling participation of businesses and special events.