Applications for School Recycling Grants Due Nov. 15

The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is offering grants to schools to support new or expanding recycling programs. Both $500 and $1,000 grants are available to public and private K-12 schools in Mississippi. The deadline for submitting applications is November 15.

This grant program supports the mission of MRC, a non-profit organization that works to promote and grow recycling efforts in the state.

APPLY ONLINE for the 2019-2020 school year.


Applications are due Friday, November 15. Mailed applications should be postmarked by that date; faxed and emailed applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. Also, please note guidelines and instructions below.

Submitting Applications

MRC accepts applications via:

  • Online (Preferred)
  • Mail: Attn: School Recycling Grants, Michelle Robinson, 107 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655
  • Fax: Attn: School Recycling Grants, Michelle Robinson, 662-232-2338
  • Email: Subject Line: School Recycling Grants, Michelle Robinson,


If you have any questions, contact Michelle Robinson at 662-232-2745 or at

Applications for College Scholarships Due Nov. 1

The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC), a professional group that promotes recycling in Mississippi, and the Mississippi Beverage Association, a trade association of the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage companies in Mississippi, are pleased to announce their scholarship program for qualified college students.

Who Is Eligible?

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the MRC and Mississippi Beverage Association are offering up to ten $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who are currently enrolled in Mississippi public and private colleges and universities, residing in Mississippi, and majoring in areas related to the environmental sciences. This includes college students majoring in agricultural sciences, biochemistry, biology, biological or environmental engineering, environmental education and technology, forestry, microbiology, wildlife management, and other fields related to environmental science. Seniors graduating in fall/winter 2019 are not eligible.

Students who are active in promoting recycling, composting, and related sustainable practices are encouraged to apply regardless of major, as these activities are given additional weight when ranking applications.

Applications and transcripts must be received by Friday, November 1, 2019. A review of the applications will occur shortly thereafter, and successful applications will be notified by December 16, 2019. Scholarship awards will be mailed by January 2020 to the address provided on the application.

How to Apply?

Interested applicants must complete the online scholarship form and submit a college transcript (high school transcript for enrolled freshmen) to Transcripts are not required to be an official copy. Applications without transcripts will be considered incomplete and not eligible for a scholarship.


For more information, contact MRC’s Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Mary Love Tagert at or (662) 325-4617.

Mississippi Recycling Coalition’s 2019 Fall Recycling Conference

Mississippi Recycling Coalition’s 2019 Fall Recycling Conference

Oxford Conference Center Oxford, MS | October 29th & 30th 


This year’s Mississippi Recycling Coalition Fall Recycling Conference will be held at the Oxford Conference Center in Oxford, MS. We are looking forward to seeing you all there, as we discuss the latest recycling trends. Online registration is $200 for members and $300 for non-members. TownPlace Suites Oxford has also offered a special rate for lodging be sure to make your reservations under MRC.

Special Guest Speaker: Coach Kermit Davis, head coach of the Ole Miss Rebel Men’s Basketball team.

Book your group rate for MS Recycling Coalition


Town Place Suites: 662.238.3522

Hampton Inn: 662.234.5565

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Who Should Attend?

  • Local Governments

  • State and Federal Agencies

  • Universities and Colleges

  • Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations

  • Recycling and Solid Waste Professionals

Interested in Sponsoring?

The MRC Recycling Fall Conference provides a great opportunity for businesses, organizations and other entities to promote their brand, products and services to the recycling community as well as show their support for the MRC through sponsorship.

Sponsors will receive one conference registration and have the option to exhibit at the event. Exhibit space is limited, and will be reserved first come, first serve.  All sponsors will be recognized in program materials and at appropriate event times.

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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Mississippi Recycling Coalition Announces 2018-2019 Mississippi School Grant Award Recipients

The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is pleased to announce the award of nine Mississippi School Recycling Grants for 2018-2019 School Year to schools in Starkville, Canton, Oxford, Natchez, New Albany, Ecru, Hattiesburg and Tishomingo, Mississippi.

These grants are offered to all public and private schools teaching grade K-12 students in the State of Mississippi.  The awards include a $500 or $1,000 cash award and a complimentary 1-year membership to the Coalition for each school.  A panel of MRC members evaluated each school grant application received based on the reuse, recycling and composting components of the program; the amount of student leadership and student participation in the recycling program; the emphasis on educating students on the benefits of recycling; and the community involvement, participation, and outreach components of the program.  Other components considered included the creativity, technical design, sustainability, and maximization of resources within the program.

MRC is pleased to announce school recycling grant awards this year to nine deserving schools in the State.  The schools receiving grant awards from MRC are as follows:

  • Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, MS is awarded a grant to expand the current recycling program at the school. The school will be working with Keep Starkville Beautiful and the Seventh Grade Carnation Patrol from Girl Scout Troop 20320 to organize the collection system at the school and increase outreach and education efforts.   The school plans to use the grant funds to purchase additional recycling bins and liner bags to be used in high traffic areas.  Armstrong and partners plan to continue and increase the collection of cardboard and paper and will begin collecting plastic and aluminum beverage containers.
  • Canton High School in Canton, MS is awarded a grant to help support their recently launched school recycling program. Canton High will be working with Keep Canton Beautiful to further promote the program among students, faculty and staff and track program progress. The grant funds will be used to purchase recycling bins which will be distributed to key locations throughout the school. The school will use the remaining funds on additional activities and incentives designed to increase interest and encourage student and staff participation in the recycling program.  The school will continue to collect aluminum, plastics, and paper and paper goods.
  • Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School in Starkville, MS is awarded a grant to expand the current recycling program at the school. The school will be working with Keep Starkville Beautiful and the Third Grade Unicorn Patrol from Girl Scout Troop 20320 to improve the recycling program by increasing collection efforts and providing education and incentives to students, faculty and staff to encourage involvement in the program.  The school plans to use the grant funds to purchase additional recycling bins and liner bags to be used in high traffic areas.  Henderson Ward Stewart School and partners plan to continue and increase the collection of cardboard and paper and will begin collecting plastic and aluminum beverage containers.
  • Lafayette Middle School in Oxford, MS is awarded a grant to enhance their current recycling program. The school’s Recycle Team and the QUEST! (gifted program) students will lead efforts to increase collection in both the classrooms and lunch areas.  The grant funds will be used to purchase recycling carts and bins to help make collection of materials easier and more efficient.  In addition, some funds will be used for additional flyers to help educate and promote the recycling program to students, faculty and staff.  The school plans to continue recycling paper, cardboard, plastics and cans.
  • Natchez Early College at Co-Lin in Natchez, MS is awarded a grant to expand the current recycling efforts on the Natchez campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. This project is led by the Sigma Iota Pi organization, a girls club consisting of high school students participating in the Natchez Early College Program.  The grant funds will be used to purchase recycling bin stations; display banners and additional supplies for handouts, flyers and signage. The goal of this project is to increase the amount of materials collected through promotion of the recycling program and education of the students, faculty and staff on which items are accepted for recycling; which items are not and when materials are picked up by the contractor.  The ladies of Sigma Iota Pi plan to continue collecting cans, paper and plastics on the Natchez campus.
  • New Albany Elementary School in New Albany, MS is awarded a grant to expand the current program. New Albany Elementary received a previous grant award from MRC to help support the “Recycle Wednesdays” program and has since formed a partnership with the City of New Albany and others to purchase additional collection equipment including a six unit recycling trailer and indoor recycling bins.  The new grant funds will be used to purchase additional bins allowing for increased collection in outside play areas and the collection of cardboard in addition to the paper and plastics currently collected for recycling. The school plans to continue its ongoing outreach and education efforts to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
  • North Pontotoc Elementary School in Ecru, MS is awarded a grant to increase their current recycling efforts. The school’s Science Club students, reading coach teachers, Parent Teacher Organization and others will continue to lead the recycling program which at present collects aluminum cans and uses the money raised recycling these cans to help local needy families.  The grant funds will be used to purchase bins which will enable the school to collect more cans and begin collecting plastic bottles.  Some funds will also be used to buy materials such as posters and bin labels to help promote the program and provide direction on which materials are to be placed in the bins.
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hattiesburg, MS is awarded a grant to build on their existing recycling program. Sacred Heart in partnership with the City of Hattiesburg has been recycling for several years; collecting plastic, metals, paper and cardboard from both the elementary and high school campuses as well as the church.  The program has been so successful that the school has been able to reduce garbage collection from 4 times a week to twice a week.  In addition, students and faculty across all campuses develop and participate in a variety of activities such as “Dress in Recycled Clothing Day” and poster contests.  These projects are designed to educate the students on the benefits of recycling and promote the school program.  The grant funds will be used to provide additional education at the school in the form of new recycling and environmental books.  These books will be available for check out in the school libraries and teachers will be encouraged to incorporate sample lesson plans including these new titles in their classrooms. In addition, supplies will be purchased to be used in an associated recycling poster contest.
  • Tishomingo Middle School in Tishomingo, MS is awarded a grant to start a new recycling program. The school’s GEM (gifted program) students and teachers will lead efforts on collecting and organizing materials and educating students on the importance of recycling and how to properly recycle at the school.  Additional school faculty and staff will support these efforts as well as provide transportation of the collected materials for recycling.  The grant funds will be used to purchase recycling bins to be distributed throughout the school campus and supplies for posters, flyers, and other items designed to promote the program and educate students, faculty and staff.  Tishomingo Middle School will collect aluminum, steel and plastics as part of their new program.

The MRC congratulates these schools on their fine efforts to start and expand recycling on their campuses and in their communities.  We are excited to see the interest in growing recycling in our state.  The Coalition looks forward to following the progress of each of these schools during the remainder of this school year and into the next.  The MRC invites other interested schools to apply for the school recycling grants in the next school year.  Typically, applications for the Mississippi School Recycling Grants are solicited and accepted in the Fall of each school year. Interested educators and staff may follow the announcements on the MRC web site to determine the next round of grant awards at: or through one of our many social media outlets.

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.


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Milner at 601-961-5739 or

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 (
  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: