Macon County to continue recycling thanks to grant

Macon County Economic Development has been awarded a grant to continue county-wide recycling.

A grant of $18,414.00 funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is coming to Macon County Economic Development.

The grant, awarded by the Mark Twain Solid Waste Management District Region G, will be used to continue a county-wide recycling effort that began in 2011.

Mark Twain Solid Waste Management District Region G is governed by county commissioners from seven counties.

â??We are thrilled to be able to continue this very important program. 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,â?? Denise Bennett, Executive Director for Macon County Economic Development told our sister station KTVO in Kirksville, Mo.

KTVO says according to Bennett, funds will be used to purchase totes and bags for recyclables, as part of a curb-side pick-up effort. In addition to containers and bags, funds will also be used to educate and promote the benefits of recycling and market the program.

â??We were able to conduct a pilot curbside project this year, with the remaining funds from the first grant. This was a partnership between the City of Macon, Advanced Disposal, Macon Diversified Industries and Macon County Economic Development. the pilot was very successful and therefore we applied for a grant to expand the program to include more homes within the City of Macon,â?? Bennett said.

In addition to the SWMD Grant, the MCED Board authorized the 10 percent match requirement to be funded through the local Landfill Fee Fund program.

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.