EarthWise Recycling Center Earns Statewide Award

The Missouri Recycling Association (MORA) has awarded EarthWise Recycling Center with the 2016 Outstanding Nonprofit Recycling Program. EarthWise accepted the award September 13 at the MORA Conference in St. Louis.

EarthWise is a Stone County community initiative, started in 2012. The Reeds Spring R-IV School District partners with EarthWise, providing the building and equipment for the recycling center. The organization received nonprofit 501c3 status in 2015.

EarthWise collects recyclable materials from the Reeds Spring School District, like food waste, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and office paper. Reeds Spring student groups also volunteer at the recycling center on weekends to learn about environmental stewardship and community involvement. The food waste from the school district and Silver Dollar City is turned into compost. EarthWise, located at 24 Wolf Pack Lane in Reeds Spring, is open to the public every Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., collecting all rigid plastics, paper, aluminum, tin, cardboard, glass, and electronic waste.  

"This award recognizes what this community can accomplish through collaboration and hard work,” said Korina Branson-Jones, EarthWise operations coordinator. "We hope to use RSSD and EarthWise as a model for other schools and communities to make an impact on the environment. Through state recognition, it helps us work toward this goal."

Approximately 100 people show up every weekend to drop off recycling, which adds up to over two tons of recyclables. In 2015, EarthWise collected a total of 220,000 pounds.

"I really want to stress that this award doesn’t solely belong to EarthWise. We wouldn’t have a recycling center if it wasn’t for the school and their support," Branson-Jones said.

For more information, please contact Korina Branson-Jones at 417-766-1441 or through EarthWise's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/earthwiserecyclingcenter).  
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