Acknowledgements. The Missouri Recycling Association also wishes to thank the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Acknowledgements 6KRZ0H5HF\FOLQJLVSXEOLVKHGE\WKH0LVVRXUL5HF\FOLQJ$VVRFLDWLRQ 025$ DQRWIRUSUR¿W recycling organization that supports waste reduction and recycling efforts in Missouri by providing information, educational opportunities, and technical support in partnership with state, national and regional organizations. The Show-Me Recycling project is partially funded through grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7, the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Special thanks to EPA for assisting with the compilation of carbon footprint information and the Missouri Solid Waste Management Districts for their assistance. The Missouri Recycling Association also wishes to thank the Missouri Department of Natural Resources IRUWKHLU¿QDQFLDODVVLVWDQFHZLWKWKHSULQWLQJRIWKLVUHSRUWDQGRWKHUSURMHFWPDWHULDOV

The Missouri Recycling Association, in partnership with Solid Waste Management Districts, the Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Program, cities, towns and private businesses are proud to present the information included in this book. The Show-Me Recycling project is intended to increase awareness, support and participation in recycling programs across the state. The Show-Me Recycling project highlights some of the recycling efforts already underway LQ0LVVRXUL3OHDVHWDNHWLPHWRUHYLHZWKHVHFDVHVWXGLHVWKDWGHPRQVWUDWHWKHEHQH¿WVRI recycling and the value that is placed on the programs by citizens throughout the state. You will see how recycling expands Missouri’s economy, protects our environment and strengthens our communities. This industry has evolved because of the hard work and cooperation of dedicated and committed citizens, businesses, organizations and governments across Missouri. MORA urges your continued support for strong state-wide, city, county and solid waste district programs. They are the essential base for an industry that is important to the Missouri economy and critical to the global environment.

Donna Utter, Board President Missouri Recycling Association

P.O. Box 2144, Jefferson City, MO 65102 1-866-667-2777

Leadership Thanks to effective leadership, public investment in recycling is paying off! • • • •

Recycling is a way of life; 75 percent of Missourians report they recycle. Over the past 15 years, $70 million has been invested in Missouri’s recycling infrastructure. ($1/person/year) Waste disposal fees have provided more than $50 million in grants and loans for over 1,000 projects. The Solid Waste Management Districts continue to work with cities and towns to provide further support each year to expand the infrastructure. The recycling industry expands Missouri’s economy more than $10 billion per year.

Expanding Missouri’s Economy - Job Opportunities Over 28,000 people are employed by Missouri recycling businesses with an annual payroll of more than $700 million. These jobs impact Missouri’s economy by more than $10 billion a year.

Environmental Preservation Recycling is Preserving Our Environment for the Future Recycling conserves energy and natural resources by decreasing the need to extract and process virgin materials from the earth. Recycling can also eliminate the pollution associated with the ¿UVWWZRVWDJHVRIDSURGXFW¶VGHYHORSPHQWPDWHULDOH[WUDFWLRQ and processing. Recycling reduces, and in many cases eliminates, these pollutants. :HLQYLWH\RXWR¿QG\RXUFRPPXQLW\¶VVWRU\LQWKLVUHSRUWDQG share the pride from an effort to reduce climate change effects, HGXFDWH\RXUFLWL]HQVDERXWUHF\FOLQJEHQH¿WVDQGVWUHQJWKHQ Missouri’s economy.

The Recycling Industry Greatly Impacts the Missouri Economy Recycling Collection Recycling Processing Recycling Manufacturing Reuse & Remanufacturing Total

Sales ($1,000) 40,777 4,503,707 4,072,534 226,242 8,843,260

Payroll ($1,000) 27,813 461,059 1,201,991 68,474 1,759,337

Employees 1,188 17,215 54,738 6,878 80,019



Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants Legislation creating solid waste management grants (Senate Bill 530) was passed in 1990. The bill set a JRDORISHUFHQWGLYHUVLRQRIVROLGZDVWHJRLQJLQWR0LVVRXUL/DQG¿OOVE\7KHVHJUDQWVSURYLGHG ¿QDQFLDODVVLVWDQFHWRJURZDQGVWUHQJWKHQ0LVVRXUL¶VUHF\FOLQJLQIUDVWUXFWXUHDQGKHOSHGXVUHDFKWKH diversion goal established in SB530. Financial assistance has been provided through state solid waste management district grants for 15 years. 7KH¿UVWJUDQWFDOOEHJDQLQ)LVFDO