MRPC News Release

ACFor immediate release
Jan. 31, 2017

For more information, contact
Tammy Snodgrass or Jill Hollowell at (573) 265-2993

Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board members Marvin Wright (left), Secretary Darrell Skiles, Treasurer Steve Vogt, Vice Chairperson Gary Gillam and Craig French review local grant applications at their meeting in September 2016. The grants, which the Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides funding for, support projects to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled. Eligible projects include waste reduction, recycling, composting or education projects. 


Ozark Rivers awards over $200,000 in local grants

ST. JAMES—Eleven local environmental programs have been awarded grant funding, totaling $200,729.78 through the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), with funding provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).

Each year, the ORSWMD board meets to review, discuss and approve grant applications. The goal of the grant program is to support projects that reduce waste being sent to landfills. These include waste reduction, recycling, composting and education programs. Once approved by the ORSWMD board, the grant applications are forwarded to MDNR for final approval. The following 11 grant applications were approved for 2017:

  • Phelps County Commission – Tough on Trash XI, $8,970;
  • Dixon High School Key Club – The Choice is Yours: Waste It or Recycle It, $4,950;
  • Maries County – Recycling for Environmental Excellence, $5,980;
  • Jack Kaufmann – In the Green Productions environmental education, $5,400;
  • Dixon Area Caring Center – Community Recycling Services, $28,637.20;
  • Bourbon High School – Food Waste Reduction and Vermicomposting, $9,536.56;
  • MRPC – Cities of Rolla and St. Robert for Household Hazardous Waste Collections, $37,161.30;
  • MRPC – Special Waste Collections (appliances, electronics, tires), $27,996.60;
  • MRPC – Community Outreach and Assistance Fund, $5,000;
  • MRPC – Illegal Dump Cleanup Program, $8,910.70; and
  • MRPC – Education, Public Awareness and Business Outreach, $33,553.53.

The grant funds awarded to MRPC are for district-wide projects identified as priorities by the solid waste district.

The 2018 grant cycle will open July 2017.

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 MDNR, involves intense education to encourage waste reduction and recycling projects in member counties and cities.

Those needing more information on waste reduction may contact Jill Hollowell, environmental programs specialist, at 573-265-2993 or by email at or visit the Ozark Rivers website at

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 25, 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.

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