The state of recycling in Missouri
A Missouri Department of Natural Resource (MDNR) study conducted in 2006-2007 found that 1.9 million tons of recyclables were dumped in landfills each year. If reclaimed, these recyclables would be worth about $208 million.
That’s a lot of dough literally going to waste.
Missouri recycles around 40% of its waste, which is above the national average.
The state is making efforts to increase its already respectable recycling rate by setting a 75% waste diversion goal by 2030. According to the Missouri Recycling Association, achieving this goal would create 1.5 million new jobs in the state.
Why is recycling important?
Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, recycling helps boost the local and state economy.
***Recycling creates jobs. According to the EPA, sending 10,000 lbs of waste to the landfill creates 1 job, while the same amount of waste sent to recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs, or 75 material reuse jobs.
Opening just one new recycling facility can mean hundreds of new jobs to a community, and it’s up to you and your neighbors to help create the demand for recycling in your area.
The recycling industry can have a major impact on a state’s economy, and everyone benefits from it, including the environment.
Report illegal dumping in Missouri
Help keep your community clean by reporting illegal dumping sites to local authorities. Illegally dumped garbage and debris negatively affects the environment, contaminates groundwater, lowers quality of life in neighborhoods, and can cause injury to children playing in the area.
Report an illegal dumpsite by filling out the online form at the MDNR website, or by calling (573) 751-5401 or toll-free at (800) 361-4827.
Got questions about permitting requirements and landfill rules and regulations?
The MDNR offers loads of information about forms and permits required when hauling different types of solid waste.
In cases where you’re just renting a dumpster for a home cleanout project or minor renovation, a permit won’t be necessary. Check with your dumpster rental provider to be sure.
Browse through the solid waste forms and permits required by the MDNR in various circumstances, and find information about landfills across the state.
Missouri encourages backyard composting
About a quarter of the waste landfilled in the U.S. is compostable. This includes waste like yard debris, food waste, and paper products. Composting is great for the environment and can actually save you money in two ways:
- You’re making free 100% organic fertilizer for your garden, flower beds, and indoor plantings; or to add to your top soil. You don’t have to buy it at the store.
- Composting can reduce the amount of waste you generate, which may allow you to downsize your waste container needs and save a few bucks on your waste hauling bill.
It’s easy to compost at home; and no, it doesn’t smell like rotting garbage if you do it right. It’s a matter of mixing “brown” materials, like twigs, dead leaves, and clean paper, with “green” materials, like coffee grounds/filters, fruit/veggie scraps, nut shells, and egg shells (no whole eggs). Compositing is easy if you follow just a few simple rules. Mix in a higher ratio of brown materials to avoid a stinky batch of compost, mix weekly, and keep moist with water. That’s all it takes to start reaping the benefits of compost!