Thirteen municipalities, non-profit groups, and companies with projects that support recycling and waste reduction in St. Louis County were the beneficiaries of over $250,000 in grants from the Saint Louis County Department of Health’s Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP). Read on for a list of grant recipients and project descriptions.
Always Green Recycling The project received funding to meet customer demand and provide tote on-site recycling and composting services. Their overall goal is to increase customer base, diverting waste from St. Louis County’s waste stream. Waste diversion education will occur during training sessions and through social media.
ArmStrong Environmental The company will conduct a multifamily recycling study to provide model programs based on best practices and to create an education plan for municipalities and property management.
Blue Skies Recycling The company will purchase composting totes and develop an aggressive marketing campaign to increase organics recycling for its Waste Reduction through Organics Expansion project. Blue Skies will raise awareness and knowledge through educational workshops for targeted entities.
Butterfly Energy Works Funding was granted for this one-home deconstruction project. Butterfly Energy Works will divert 65% of its demolition materials, in collaboration with Refab, to demonstrate deconstruction as a viable alternative to standard demolition practices.
City of Berkeley The city will start a multifamily recycling pilot program. Multifamily recycling programs make recycling in apartments, townhomes, condominiums, and other multifamily complexes, available to tenants. DOH is eager to reach this sector of the county, and with the success of this program, additional multifamily recycling projects are likely to follow suit.
City of Ferguson The city will use grant funds to subsidize the costs of commercial single stream recycling for 13 businesses in a business district. Besides diverting waste from landfills, patrons of those participating businesses will learn about recycling while on the go.
City of Maplewood The city will provide recycling and composting services to 35 businesses as part of its consolidated waste management plan. The city will educate and train the business owners and staff on the new program. The project includes public information dissemination with a press release and social media.
City of University City The city will develop and implement a public space recycling program in Heman, Fogerty, and Millar Parks. Recycling stations complete with service and educational signage will be placed at five pavilions within the parks. Promotional items and educational materials will be distributed to residents reserving the pavilions for events and activities.
City of Webster Groves The city will conduct a multifamily recycling pilot program to provide single stream recycling to select multifamily dwellings.
Republic Services Educational materials will be developed to increase recycling participation by residents. Project activities will cultivate enthusiasm for recycling and to debunk recycling myths.
Sappington Elementary The Lindbergh School District elementary school will use the grant for their Recycle Smart Initiative which fosters proper recycling practices through education and simple signage. The goals of the initiative are to decrease trash by 50% by eliminating confusion for students, and to share the model with other schools when proven successful.
Webster University The higher education institution received a grant for a recycling project entitled Culture of Green to create an internal behavioral shift in recycling through infrastructure changes and education. Successful strategies and best practices will be developed and shared with internal departments and businesses in the nearby community.
Wyman Center Funding was granted to the Wyman Center for recycling in common areas for employees and clients. Recycling bins with educational signage will be posted in prominent areas to encourage recycling.
Priority projects for grants were those that addressed Construction and Demolition Recycling, Commercial Single Stream Recycling, Educational Programs, Multifamily Recycling, Organics Diversion, Pay as You Throw, Public Space Recycling, and Special Event Recycling.