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The State of Recycling in Mississippi, and How to Improve It

Mississippi struggles to increase recycling rates

In 2002, Mississippi had the lowest recycling rate of all states, recycling less than 1% of the total municipal waste stream, according to a 2005 study by the National Solid Wastes Management Association.

Though recycling rates have risen in the past decade, the state still ranks low compared to other states, like Oregon and Minnesota, which are hovering around 50% recycling rates.

The main issue is lack of curbside recycling programs and recycling drop-off points across the state. The landfill tipping fees are also very low in Mississippi, making landfilling the preferred way to dispose of waste.

Only about 10% of state municipalities have access to recycling. By urging local governments to increase access to curbside recycling and drop-off locations, recycling rates are sure to increase. You can help in the effort by speaking with your local government.

Why is recycling important anyway?

It does matter where the waste from your trash bin or dumpster goes, and not only for the obvious environmental benefits.

Recycling also 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.

The recycling industry can have a major impact on a state’s economy, and everyone benefits from it, including the environment.

How to dispose of “special” wastes

Wastes like construction and demolition (C&D) debris, medical wastes, industrial wastes, e-waste and lead-acid batteries should not be mixed in with the general waste stream.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) regulates proper recycling and disposal of special wastes.

You can learn how to safely and properly dispose of these wastes at the following link:


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Items like scrap tires, fluorescent lamps, computers and batteries can be tough to dispose of properly. The MDEQ offers some useful information for disposing of a variety of materials and debris.

The MDEQ encourages residents to compost yard debris and food scraps in an effort to reduce landfill waste. About 25% of waste landfilled in the U.S. is compostable, including materials such as:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Vegetable and fruit scraps
  • Eggs shells
  • Vacuum cleaner residuals
  • Dryer lint
  • Coffee and coffee filters
  • Yard debris (e.g., grass clippings, leaves, branches)

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Mississippi

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.