In 2013, the CCSC was awarded a grant to expand our recycling program. Seven additional permanent recycling locations have been added in Cass County, this website has been redesigned, materials distributed through schools and mailers, and new social media efforts have been implemented to draw the community in to the recycling program.
With the award of 2012 grant funding from MARC Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the CCSC developed advertising messages for billboard, movie theater, and website displays, radio announcements, and fliers for distribution to Cass County students through schools. These messages informed about how recycling is now easier in Cass County with the availability of 24/7 bins in five locations in Cass County — Garden City, Freeman, Drexel, Peculiar and Belton — provided through a partnership of CCSC and Town & Country Disposal, Inc. See a virtual tour of the Town & Country Single-Stream Recycling Facility in our Photo Gallery.
The availability of 24/7 bins was an expansion of the CCSC recycling program begun in 2009 when the Cass County Sustainability Committee, in partnership with Town & Country Disposal, Inc., initiated scheduled, mobile recycling in Cass County. The program was partially funded by grant funds awarded by MARC Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The grant funds were used to develop and distribute educational materials to promote recycling in Cass County through the scheduled mobile recycling program. The scheduled events were held once each month at each location in Garden City, Freeman, Drexel, Peculiar, and Belton from March 2009 through 2012. The CCSC arranged for volunteers to monitor each scheduled event for the purpose of helping recyclers and to provide education about the need for recyclables to be clean and the need to adhere to the list of accepted materials to prevent contamination of the recyclable materials.