Keep the Reservoir Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, works to promote waste reduction, recycling, composting, litter prevention and beautification in the area of the Ross Barnett Reservoir located in Central Mississippi. KRB conducts various activities and events to promote recycling and proper waste management such as Recycle Bowl, the Great American Clean-up, and KRB’s annual recycle fashion show, Project Rezway. These and other activities conducted by KRB serve to educate residents of the Reservoir area on the benefits of recycling in a fun and unique way and encourage them to get involved and take responsibility for improving the community. Also, as part of the Boat U.S. Foundation’s Reel and Recycle Program, KRB has established a recycling program to prevent broken monofilament fishing line from being put in the Reservoir. In partnership with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and MS Adopt a Stream, the fishing line is collected in containers placed in areas around the Reservoir for recycling. This recycling program prevents litter and injury to local birds and other wildlife that may get caught in broken fishing line. In addition, KRB works closely with Rankin County Supervisors and Waste Management to promote the County’s local recycling drop-off location near the Reservoir Fire Station and Community Center. KRB informs and encourages residents in the use of the drop-off site through social media and other methods. In 2014, KRB was able to help expand recycling for reservoir area residents and visitors through a grant award from Waste Management. KRB used the funds from the grant to purchase the first solar recycling compactor in Rankin County. The solar compactor, located at Winner’s Circle Park in Flowood has been a huge success with the help of the City of Flowood. KRB is continuing to work to build on the success of these recycling efforts by adding an additional recyclable roll-off container at the Fire Station drop-off site and additional compactors at Timberlake Campground, the Turtle Point Nature area and fishing areas along the reservoir. For their commitment to improve and enhance recycling conditions in their community, Keep the Reservoir Beautiful receives MRC’s 2015 Non-Profit Recycler of the Year Award for the State of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is a consortium of recycling companies, local governments, state agencies, and other interested organizations in the State of Mississippi. MRC promotes and encourages responsible solid waste management through various methods such as source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting programs. For more information on the MRC and the MRC Environmental Hero Awards, please visit the MRC web page at http://www.msrecycles.org/.