April 29, 2004

Solid Waste District Funding $150,000 In Projects During Fiscal Year 2004

Area school students have some extra incentive to clean-up their campuses. The Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District is offering schools in Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Schuyler and Scotland counties the opportunity to participate in a recycling contest. The school that collects the largest amount of recyclable materials will receive $12,500 worth of playground equipment made from recycled materials.

The project will begin in the fall of 2004 when the 2004-05 school year begins. The award will go to the school with the highest per capita total of recycled materials.

The NEMO RPC will be contacting the area schools to finalize participation and to distribute rules and guidelines for the contest.

The solid waste district has more than $150,000 earmarked for projects in fiscal year 2004.

The group has four other programs in addition to the playground project for the school recycling drives.

The organization is funding a $45,000 project at Truman State University that will divert food waste from the universityís dining halls from the landfills, combining it with yard waste from the campus to create compost for gardening and farm use.

The district awarded more than $35,000 to Industrial Opportunities, Inc. of Kahoka to fund one full-time supervisor position as well as pay for the purchase of a truck to help transfer recycled trailers to and from neighboring drop off sites.

Westar Recycling in Kirksville will receive $6,114 for a white-goods recycling, specifically the recovery of freon.

Once again the district has set aside some $44,000 to host waste tire collections in all six counties of the district.

In all, the solid waste district will utilize $138,349 in grants as well as $13,779 in matching funds from the grant recipients to bring the fiscal year budget to $152,128.

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