Macon County Economic Development has been awarded $18,414 to continue a county-wide recycling effort that began in 2011.
"We are thrilled to be able to continue this important program," said Executive Director for Macon County Economic Development, Denise Bennett. "Recycling is the right thing to do for our community and environment. I believe that if we make recycling fun and convenient, more people will choose to participate."
The grant was funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and awarded by the Mark Twain Solid Waste Management District Region G, which is governed by county commissioners from seven counties including Presiding Commissioner for Macon County Alan Wyatt.
According to Bennett, funds will be used to purchase totes and bags for recyclables as part of a curb-side pick-up effort. Additionally, funds will be used to educate and promote the benefits of recycling and market the program.
"We were able to conduct a pilot curbside project this year with the remaining funds from the first grant," said Bennett. "The pilot was very successful, therefore, we applied for a grant to expand the program to include more homes within the City of Macon."
The Recycling Committee is scheduled to meet over the next couple months and will begin advertising details of the program in December 2013. Official kick-off for the program will be January 2014.
"We hope to expand the recycling efforts of the Sheltered Workshop by increasing the recyclables brought in and look forward to a successful partnership with Diversified Industries" Bennett says. "The Macon County Economic Development (MCED) Board continues to feel this is a good program for our community. Investing in the efforts of our Sheltered Workshop helps retain existing jobs and will create new ones as the program grows."