East Central 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 19, 2019. Guest presenter for the event was Dr. Sheldon Chesky, owner and manager of BioSpan Technologies, Inc.
BioSpan Technologies is a research-focused manufacturing company which concentrates its activities on the development of innovative technologies. The company specializes in a wide range of chemical solutions with a green edge. Since 1993, these green solutions have been developed for asphalt and concrete preservation, industrial cleanup, and resource recovery.
BioSpan is one of the leading research companies working with environmental resource recovery and reuse of solid wastes. One of these unique formulations involves a nontoxic solution to dissolving polystyrene, instead of creating a hazardous waste. Dr. Chesky provided a very interesting demonstration for the Region I membership. He took a variety of polystyrene pieces and showed the group how they dissolve in the nontoxic liquid his company has developed. The polystyrene is then converted into polymers which strengthen and extend the life of roads, keeping it from landfills where it won’t break down for hundreds of years.
Region I Planner Chad Eggen shared that the district will begin collecting polystyrene in our area which can be recycled by BioSpan. Details are being worked out concerning collection places and items that will be accepted. The City of Union has offered use of its recycling trailer.
Chad gave an update on district activities for the year, including the East Central Missouri Recycling Center and efforts to provide educational information to local school districts and other groups. If you have questions, he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (636) 456-3473.
The Region I Solid Waste Management District strives to provide educational opportunities for residents of the region. Groups are welcome to tour the East Central Missouri Recycling Center. In addition, staff member Chuck Eichmeyer visits school groups within the region and provides presentations about recycling for students of all ages. If you are interested in a tour or presentation for your group, please contact us at (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