ST. JAMES—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) is accepting grant applications for the 2019 grant round, beginning July 1. Grant applications are due by noon on Friday, Aug. 24.
A workshop to fully explain the grant application requirements and what an award of an Ozark Rivers grant will entail is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on July 24 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) office, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James MO. This workshop ensures that potential grantees know application requirements and understand the benefits and obligations, should they receive funding for their projects.
While the exact figure is not yet known, the board expects to award approximately $150,000 to award in grants that help reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. Projects must be located or benefit the Ozark Rivers district, which includes the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.
Grants are available to city and county governments, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations and other interested parties to increase waste reduction, reuse and recycling rates in our district. The district’s list of targeted materials is based on the state targeted materials list. In addition, the Ozark Rivers SWMD has identified multiple priority project areas to address specific needs in the district — however all projects will be considered. The following highlights three of the seven priorities:
- Waste Reduction and Reuse: Examples include community-based projects that focus on repair services and educational projects that teach waste reduction, such as purchasing practices for businesses.
- Education: This priority emphasizes the need to carry out educational efforts that raise awareness and increase participation in recycling programs, and reduce recycling contamination.
- End-Market Development: Projects that support the development of new markets and the expansion of existing markets for recovered materials generated in our region. Additionally, the local manufacturing of products from recycled materials is desirable.
A complete listing of priorities and target materials is included in the grant application and available on online.
In its 2018 grant round, Ozark Rivers awarded $197,586 to fund or partially fund 12 projects throughout the seven-county area. These projects included purchasing of recycling equipment, illegal dump cleanups throughout the region, school and non-profit recycling programs, educational programs, continued support of the household hazardous waste collection sites in Rolla and St. Robert and special collections for electronics, appliances and tires.
The grant dollars awarded by Ozark Rivers comes through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and represent a portion of the landfill tipping fees collected in the district.
The Ozark Rivers District includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities with populations of 500 or more. The district’s strategy for solid waste reduction, which has been individually adopted by all member governments and approved by Missouri Department of Natural Resources, involves education and public awareness to encourage improved waste management in member counties and cities. MRPC provides administration of the district and assists with a variety of implementation projects.
For more information about Ozark Rivers SWMD or waste reduction and recycling opportunities in the Ozark Rivers district, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ORSWMD or visit our website at www.ozarkrivers.org. Additional questions can be answered by contacting Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC environmental programs manager, at 573-265-2993 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 23, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.