Department allocates $1.5 million to solid waste management districts

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-252 For Immediate Release: Aug. 11, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has allocated $1,563,341 in Solid Waste Management Funds to the 20 solid waste management districts in Missouri for the third quarter of state fiscal year 2009.

These funds enable Missouri's Solid Waste Management Districts to operate and grant funds to cities, counties and businesses for solid waste management, waste reduction, recycling and related services which create and retain jobs.  Missouri's 20 solid waste management districts were organized to encourage regional cooperation and to help ensure proper solid waste management through waste reduction and recycling activities.

The districts received the following allocation amounts:

Each district chooses when to hold their grant application process, which may be annually, quarterly or continuously throughout the year.  

These grants are provided from the Solid Waste Management Fund.  This fund is made up of tonnage fees charged for each ton of waste disposed of in Missouri landfills or processed through transfer stations that move waste out-of-state.  A major amendment to the Solid Waste Management Law in 1990 created a goal to significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.  The projects funded by these grant funds will help the individual districts achieve this goal.

Revenue from the solid waste disposal fee is used to fund local solid waste management district activities, such as grants to communities and small businesses and for the operation of the state's Solid Waste Management Program.  The state's work includes compliance assistance, permitting, inspection and enforcement activities.  These funds are allocated quarterly to the districts. 

For more information on the Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Management Program, call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401 or visit the Web at http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/index.html.

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