Coast recycling programs get boost

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Some South Mississippi schools, organizations and cities will be able to step up their recycling programs thanks to grants announced by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Various organizations around the state will receive recycling bins through a partnership involving MDEQ, the Alcoa Recycling Company, the Southeast Recycling Development Council, and the Mississippi Recycling Coalition.

The bins will be put at elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and institutions of higher learning, and state government agencies, local governments, and non-profit community groups and organizations. The goal of getting more recycling bins into the community is to increase the collection of aluminum, plastic and glass containers for recycling.

"We are encouraged to see the increased participation in recycling activities across the state. These recycling bins will be a crucial step in assisting many organizations in their recycling efforts," said MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher.

The South Mississippi organizations and governments receiving bins include:

  • DeLisle Elementary (Harrison County)
  • Lafayette Middle School
  • Pass Christian High School
  • Stone County Schools
  • Girls & Boys Club (Gulf Coast)
  • Mississippi Manufacturers' Association
  • Mississippi Department of Transportation
  • City of Gulfport
  • City of Pascagoula
  • City of Bay St. Louis

MDEQ has served as the applicant reviewer and the distributor of the recycling bins on behalf of the partnership. Grant requests were submitted at the end of July and notices of awards were made in August to the recycling bin recipients. It is anticipated that the partnership will make additional recycling bin grants available this fall.

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