ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission, working on behalf of Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), is holding a public meeting on the problem of illegal dumping in Pulaski County April 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Saint Robert City Hall Courtroom.  

The meeting will include short presentations and displays on the issue of illegal dumping in Pulaski County, how it impacts the residents beyond the immediate dump, across the entire county and what can be done to solve the problem. 

“This meeting is intended to raise awareness about the illegal dumping problem in Pulaski County, and see if we can recruit some interested volunteers to help clean up illegal dump sites or keep an eye on sites once they’ve been cleaned up,” said Environmental Manager Tammy Snodgrass.

For more information concerning the public meeting, contact Kathryn Hawes at or call 573-265-299 ext. 110. 

MRPC provides administration of the district and assists with a variety of implementation projects.

Ozark Rivers was established by state statute with the goal of reducing the amount of solid waste sent to our landfills by 40 percent. For over 30 years, ORSWMD has served Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Washington counties and their respective cities with populations of 500 or more. For more information about ORSWMD or waste reduction and recycling opportunities in the Ozark Rivers area, contact Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC environmental programs manager, or Jill Hollowell at 573-265-2993. Follow Ozark Rivers on Facebook at or on our website at for future collection dates and waste management grants.

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. Steve Vogt, representing the city of Belle, serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 36 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.

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