Pictured (left) Sarah Kountouris, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, President and (right) June Williams, City of Winona, City Clerk
City of Winona is the recipient of the 2017 "New Program Recycler of the Year" Award. The City of Winona started the recycling program in 2016 with one drop off location consisting of one 16 cubic yard roll-off bin purchased through MDEQ grant funding. This brightly colored bin displaying recyclables as cartoon like characters with happy faces not only serves to hold materials, but also to help promote the program. The local garden club and other community organizations also helped the City promote the new program to residents by conducting presentations at the Public Library and area schools. The promotion of the City's recycling program was so successful that the roll-off needed to be emptied two to three times a week or more. To keep up with the residents' enthusiasm, the City purchased an additional bin, also brightly decorated, to place at the drop off site. Even with this new bin, the City is transporting a full bin of aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, mixed paper, #1 and #2 plastics to Greenwood/Leflore Recycling once a week. In addition, to collecting a large quantity of materials the City has been able to successfully educate residents on which items do not belong in the bin resulting in the collection of high quality, clean recyclables with very few instances of contamination. The City has plans to continue expanding the recycling program to best serve their residents. For their commitment to improve and enhance recycling conditions in their community, the City of Winona receives MRC's New Program Recycler of the Year Award for the State of Mississippi.