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Solid Waste Management Program

The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Program is to ensure solid waste is managed in such a way that protects both public health and the environment. The Solid Waste Management Program works hard to help all Missourians better manage their solid wastes. Through the cooperative efforts of citizens, businesses, industry and government, Missouri can continue to increase material reuse and recycling from all solid waste sources. Reducing the amount of solid wastes generated remains the program’s primary goal.

Missouri homes, businesses and industry generate millions of tons of solid waste annually. While landfill disposal continues to be an option, new disposal facilities face strong public examination and are costly to site, build and operate. The department is constantly seek alternatives to landfill disposal that are both environmentally protective and cost-effective for the consumer. Solid waste management permitting, monitoring and enforcement efforts can prevent illegal dumping and other factors that may cause long-term social, economic and environmental problems.

This home page will help you find how to do proper solid waste management with the services we can provide. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding solid waste management issues in Missouri.

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The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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Reduce 

 The best way to manage waste is to not produce it. This can be done by shopping carefully and being aware of a few guidelines:

Buy products in bulk. Larger, economy sized products or ones in concentrated form use less packaging and usually cost less per ounce.

Avoid over-packaged goods, especially ones packed with several materials such as foil, paper and plastic. They are difficult to recycle, plus you pay more for the package.

Avoid disposable goods, such as paper plates, cups, napkins, razors and lighters. Throwaways contribute to the problem, and cost more because they must be replaced again and again.

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Reuse

 It makes economic and environmental sense to reuse products. Sometimes it takes creativity:

Reuse products for the same purpose. Save paper and plastic bags, and repair broken appliances, furniture and toys.

Reuse products in different ways. Use a coffee can to pack a lunch; use a plastic microwave dinner trays as picnic dishes.

Sell old clothes, appliances, toys and furniture in garage sales or ads, or donate them to charity.

Use resealable containers rather than plastic wrap.

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Recycle

Recycling is a series of steps that takes a used material and processes, re-manufactures, and sells it as a new product. Begin recycling at home and at work:

Buy products made from recycled materials. Look for the recycling symbol or ask store managers for salesman for assistance. The recycling symbol means on or two things – either the product is made of recycled materials, or the item can be recycled. For instance, many plastic containers have a recycling symbol with a numbered code that identifies what type of plastic resin it is made from. However, just because the container has this code does not mean it can be easily recycled locally.

Check collection centers and curbside pickup services to see what they accept and begin collecting these materials. These can include metal cans, newspapers, paper products, glass, plastic and oil.

Consider purchasing recycled materials at work when purchasing materials for the office supply cabinet, office equipment or manufacturing.

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Solid Waste Management District

33924 Olathe Dr

Lebanon, MO 65536

 417-893-1238

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