Save the Date: 2019 Recycling Conference

The Mississippi Recycling Coalition’s 2019 Fall Recycling Conference is scheduled for October 29-30 at the Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd.) in Oxford, Mississippi. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks, but put these dates on your calendar now so you won’t miss out on this important recycling conference!

We’re excited we are heading to Oxford, one of the state’s most historic and beautiful communities and frequently recognized for being the home of William Faulkner and for the City’s exceptional dining experiences, beautiful green spaces and long standing commitment to growing recycling.

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Renew Your MRC Membership Today

Our members make our work possible. We thank all of the members who have supported us over the years, and we encourage new members to partner with us as we continue our efforts to educate residents on the benefits of recycling and promote the growth of the recycling industry in Mississippi.

Now is the time of year to renew your membership for 2019 or increase your support for the year. You may remit your membership dues payment by check, credit card or PayPal. Use the instructions on the invoice that you recently received or visit our Member Payment Options webpage.

For those of you that are not members, but are interested in joining the MRC please check out the different levels of membership and sponsorship available here.

Benefits of MRC Membership

The past year has been full of exciting events, activities and accomplishments for the MRC, including:

  • MRC awarded 9 schools throughout the State of Mississippi with our recycling program grants;
  • MRC in partnership with the Mississippi Beverage Association provided scholarships to 10 students at Mississippi colleges and universities with environmental studies and interests;
  • MRC recognized organizations for their outstanding work in promoting and growing recycling in their area with our Environmental Hero, “Recycler of the Year” awards;
  • MRC sponsored our Annual Recycling Awareness Day as a joint event with Keep Mississippi Beautiful at the State Capitol Building;
  • MRC sponsored a joint recycling and solid waste management conference with the MS Magnolia Chapter of SWANA May 15-17, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; and
  • MRC provided information to our members on numerous grant funding opportunities, new programs, workshops, webinars, conferences and other resources to promote recycling in the state.

We are looking forward to more exciting events and opportunities in the coming year to continue our efforts to grow recycling in the state, but we need the commitment of our members and sponsors to make this possible. Therefore, we hope you will consider joining the MRC, renewing your membership or increasing your support for 2019.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Milner at 601-961-5739 or jmilner@mdeq.ms.gov.

Find Recycling Options Near You

StateMapCounties copyThe Waste Division’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Program staff has updated and enhanced the State Recycling Directory on the MDEQ website to provide information to Mississippi residents seeking recycling opportunities and services in their area.  The directory identifies those facilities and programs in the state that provide recycling services to the public for paper, plastics, metals and glass.  The directory includes local government recycling programs and facilities as well as programs offered by universities, colleges, state agencies and private businesses that offer collection of recyclables from the public.

Residents interested in learning how they can recycle these materials in their area may access the State Recycling Directory by using this direct link or one of the following methods:

  1. Select “MDEQ Recycling Directory” on the rotating image at the top of the home page (mdeq.ms.gov).
  2. Click “How Do I?” on menu at the top of the home page and select “How do I recycle in my area?” from the list.
  3. Under the “Individuals” section on the home page, click “Learn More” and select “Recycling in my area” from the list.

Once accessed, residents may select their county (or an adjacent or nearby County) from the state map for a listing of recycling services available in that county.  The directory includes facility contact information, materials accepted, recycling location and additional details for the recycling program or facility.  Not all counties are available for selection (gray shaded) from the state map because recycling services are not available in all 82 counties at this time.  MDEQ is continuing to work with local governments and recycling businesses to increase public access to recycling in the state.  We encourage those interested in recycling that do not find services in their area to contact their local government officials to request these services.

The directory does not include all recycling businesses in the state.  The State’s Metals recycling and salvage facilities can be accessed on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website as these facilities are licensed through that office.  In addition, recycling facilities for electronics, tires, agricultural plastics, used oil and other specialty items are not included in the directory at this time.  However, recycling information for scrap tires and electronics is available on the Waste Tire and Electronic Waste program pages on the MDEQ website.

MDEQ encourages our fellow Mississippians to take advantage of the State Recycling Directory to learn how they can recycle in their area, and participate in the many environmental and economic benefits of recycling such as:

  • Creating Mississippi Jobs;
  • Stimulating the State’s Economy;
  • Saving Space in Our Landfills;
  • Reducing Disposal Costs for Local Governments;
  • Preserving Our State’s Natural Resources;
  • Conserving Our Energy; and
  • Reducing the Potential for Pollution of Our Air, Land and Water

For more information on recycling in Mississippi or to add/update your recycling program or facility information on the directory please contact the Recycling and Waste Reduction Program staff: