SB 13 would eliminate MO’s Solid Waste Management Districts
Posted Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Erin
St. Louis Green wants to notify our readers that there was a bill pre-filed in the Missouri Senate, SB 13, which would eliminate solid waste management districts in Missouri. Districts are local agencies that provide important grant funding to expand local recycling programs. Districts are locally governed, and provide grant funds dedicated for waste reduction and recycling programs within their geographic areas. Senate Bill 13, if it were to become law, would eliminate the districts, and shift the local grant resources to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. No funds would be specifically dedicated for the St. Louis region. This would be drastic change to a successful program that has been in place for 20 years.
The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and St. Charles Counties. Since 1993, the District has invested in about 900 projects that have brought significant economic and environmental benefits to the St. Louis region. District funds have nurtured and grown programs for waste reduction, recycling, education, composting, and household hazardous waste. These programs expand our economy, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities.
Please be aware that SB 13 has been pre-filed, and share this information with any other interested parties. A link to the bill is included below.
St. Louis Green encourages our readers to share their opinions of the bill with the sponsor. Please let your views be heard. The bill was filed by Senator Kurt Schaefer from the Columbia area. His address is 201 W. Capitol Ave, Room 221, Jefferson City, MO 65101. His office phone number is 573-751-3931. His email address is as follows: email@example.com St. Louis Green will keep you informed as to the status of this proposed bill, and how you can participate. Thank you for your attention to this issue.