Recycling Education in Franklin County
Boonslick Regional Planning Commission serves as administrator for the East Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District-Region I, which includes Franklin, Lincoln, Montgomery and Warren counties. On April 9, staff member Chuck Eichmeyer visited Meramec Valley RIII Early Childhood Center in Pacific, Missouri to give a presentation about recycling. Approximately 75 students between the ages of 3 to 5 were in attendance.
The Meramec Valley RIII Early Childhood Center submitted a scrap tire material grant application to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources last year. The Region I District wrote a letter of support for the school’s project, which was to install a rubberized pour-in-place surface on the playground. The project was funded, and not only represents an excellent use for scrap tires, but also demonstrates the benefits of recycling for the students.
Pesticide Collection in Troy Missouri
Boonslick Regional Planning Commission is the administrator for the East Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District-Region I. The district serves Franklin, Lincoln, Montgomery, and Warren counties. BRPC worked with staff from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to set up a free pesticide collection for farmers and households. It was held Saturday, April 6 at Mordt Tractor in Troy.
DNR has shared that there were 62 participants at the event, which is the second highest number of participants since the collection program began in 2012. The 62 participants dropped off approximately 26,000 pounds of waste pesticide. BRPC will continue working with DNR in efforts to bring additional collections to the area next year.
Montgomery City Group Tours Recycling Center
At the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission annual meeting, Montgomery City Mayor Mike Spirz and his wife, Valerie, asked East Central Missouri Recycling Center Manager Jami Chitwood if they could arrange for a group to tour the recycling center. Jami is more than happy to accommodate such requests.
On January 14, residents from the Montgomery City area visited the recycling center to learn more about the types of items accepted and how the recycling process works. Though it turned out to be a rather cold and snowy day, the group was very interested and asked a lot of great questions.
East Central Missouri SWMD – Region I Annual Meeting
The East Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District, administered by Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, held its annual meeting Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Call2Recycle U.S. Regional Account Manager Tim Warren was the guest speaker and presented Why Battery Recycling Makes Sense for your Recycling Program. Mr. Warren discussed the reasons batteries are a growing component of household solid waste, types of batteries and uses, and safety issues pertaining to lithium ion and lithium single use batteries. He also provided information about Call2Recycle and its battery recycling stewardship program and shared consumer education tools for setting up a successful program for residents.
Also presenting was EPC Vice President Dave Beal. EPC provides IT asset recovery, computer recycling, and other services. The company chose Wright City as the new site of its e-scrap processing center and the facility opened in late 2016. Mr. Beal gave an update on the facility and reported that they had been very busy and had added a shift of workers. He spoke about electronics recycling activities and shared that cities could contact EPC with assistance for special collections. The East Central Missouri Recycling Center, established by the four counties that make up the Region I Solid Waste Management District, accepts electronics year round and takes items collected to EPC.
Region I Planner Chad Eggen gave an update on district activities for the year. If you have questions, he can be contacted email@example.com or by calling (636) 456-3473.
Cub Scouts Tour Recycling Center
On Monday, August 27, 2018, East Central Missouri Recycling Center Manager James Chitwood gave a group of Cub Scouts a tour of the facility. He spoke with them about the importance of keeping recyclables out of landfills. He also discussed how long it takes for some items to degrade, and how there are a few things we use every day that are not biodegradable.
James reported that the scouts were very interested and that he answered “a ton of questions”! Scouts were given pencils made from recycled denim and currency. The group plans to start collecting plastics to be recycled.
We are pleased that members of Holy Rosary’s Wolf Den Pack #370 are interested in recycling and were able to visit. Please contact us at (636) 456-3473 if your group would like to tour the recycling center.
If your group or school is interested in having a presentation about recycling, please contact us! (636) 456-3473
About the District
Executive Board Members
- Chairman – Lon Little – Montgomery County
- Vice Chairman – Stephanie Norton, Franklin County Emergency Management – Franklin County
- Secretary – Ryan Ruckel, City of Winfield – Lincoln County
- Treasurer – Fred Vahle – Warren County
Advisory Committee Members
- Pam Gildehaus, City of Washington
- Julie Ingoli, Bodine Aluminum, Troy
- Dean Larkin, University of Missouri Extension, Montgomery County