East Central Missouri SWMD Holds its Annual Meeting
The East Central Missouri SWMD held its annual meeting November 15, 2016. Wright City Economic Development Director Karen Girondo introduced EPC, Inc. Vice President Dave Beal who was the guest presenter. EPC, a national leader in recycling used IT and electronic equipment, has just completed construction of a state-of-the-art facility in Wright City. A short video was played which showed the 104,000 sq. ft. building.
Mr. Beal described some of the services offered by the company, including data security. EPC serves large financial firms, medical facilities and government entities. They have shredders in all facilities and software to securely erase data. Being e-Stewards certified, EPC adheres to the highest standard of environmental responsibility in recycling electronics. Mr. Beal encouraged those in attendance to contact him if they had questions or if they had electronics recycling needs.
Pesticide Collection Held in Montgomery City
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources worked with the Region I Solid Waste Management District to identify a site to hold a pesticide collection in Montgomery County. The collection was a free event for Missouri households and farmers and took place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It was held at the Montgomery County Road and Bridge Facility in Montgomery City.
The event was a success with over 4,292 lbs. of waste pesticide collected from 21 participants in the five hour period. Many of those attending expressed pleasure at knowing the waste was going to be disposed of properly.
Presentation for Local Group
The United Methodist Women of Warrenton contacted Region I Solid Waste Management District staff and requested a presentation regarding recycling. Planner Chuck Eichmeyer spoke to the group on March 22, 2016.
Chuck shared information about the East Central Missouri Recycling Center which serves Franklin, Lincoln, Montgomery and Warren counties. He explained what items are accepted and why some items, including tires, televisions and computer monitors, require a fee. Chuck also spoke to the group about the importance of reducing waste and finding a way to reuse objects. The ladies in the group had been reusing items to make Easter decorations such as the one shown here.
“There were many questions and the group had a good discussion,” said Chuck. “They had a genuine desire to be good stewards of the Earth.”
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