East Central Missouri SWMD Holds its Annual Meeting
The East Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District – Region I held its annual meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Laura Schellenberg from Nutoys Leisure Products, Inc. was the guest presenter for the meeting. An employee for Nutoys for 11 years, Laura represents Landscape Structures Playground Equipment. The company has practices in place in order to honor the environment and be proactive in recycling and reusing. For example, water used in the manufacturing process is repurposed to clean concrete and little bits of excess paint are scraped and used for primer on steel and aluminum products. Laura brought parts of playground equipment to pass around that are made of recycled material, and also brought a sample piece from the company’s recycled contour bench.
As part of its sustainability programs, the company calculates the carbon footprint of each playsystem based on the energy used during the manufacturing of the equipment. Landscape Structures has partnered with American Forests to plant over 350,000 trees to directly offset the carbon dioxide produced in the manufacturing of each of its playsystems and skateparks through the Global ReLeaf program. Landscape Structures also makes donations to plant enough trees to offset the total amount of carbon dioxide generated at its Delano, Minnesota facility.
Also at the meeting, Region I Advisory Committee member Pam Gildehaus reported on the e-cycle events the City of Washington held in April and October of 2017. City of Truesdale Clerk MaryLou Rainwater provided an update on the city’s drug take-back program.
East Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District staff continue efforts to provide educational outreach in Region I. BRPC Project Coordinator visited Cambellton Elementary School in Franklin County on Monday, May 22, 2017. He spoke with several groups of students ranging from Kindergarten through grade 6. Chuck uses familiar items to which the students can relate as he encourages them to recycle. He shares information about what these items can become when recycled and how we can all make a difference when we work together.
Students Learn They Can Make a Difference
“Recycling helps the planet stay clean”. This was one student’s observation heard by BRPC Project Coordinator Chuck Eichmeyer when he visited Hermann Elementary School on March 10, 2017 to give a presentation about recycling. Hermann Elementary is part of the Gasconade County R-1 School District which serves students from parts of Franklin, Montgomery and Warren counties. These are three of the four counties served by the East Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District administered by BRPC.
Mr. Eichmeyer discussed the top reasons to recycle. Recycling conserves natural resources, reduces the need for landfills, prevents pollution, saves energy, and creates jobs. He also covered the steps in the recycling process and was able to share information about the processes used at the East Central Missouri Recycling Center.
A group of approximately 30 students from different grade levels and several teachers attended the presentation. If you are interested in scheduling a similar presentation, you can contact Chuck Eichmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the District
Executive Board Members
- Chairman – Lon Little, Montgomery County
- Vice Chairman – Stephanie Norton, Franklin County Emergency Management – Franklin County
- Secretary – Matt Bass, Lincoln County Commission – Lincoln County
- Treasurer – Fred Vahle – Warren County
Advisory Committee Members
- Pam Gildehaus, City of Washington
- Dean Larkin, University of Missouri Extension
- Donna Cameron, Christian Environmental Services
Board Membership Region I