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After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping off their paper, plastic and ...

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Markets are improving for recycled materials

One difficulty with making a recycling program work is finding adequate buyers for the recyclable materials who will turn those into a new product. But markets for recyclables are improving with China purchasing a lot from the U.S. and major retailers such as Wal-Mart requiring their suppliers to recycle more. “Wal-Mart has been a big player there,” said Mark Williams, ...

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Municipal recycling makes sense for the economy and the environment

Some cities say recycling is just too expensive and difficult, particularly to get a large enough percentage of households to participate to make the program cost effective. The City of Ridgeland, which for the second time in three years has been given the Local Government Recycler of the Year Award by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), has proven ...

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LEED supporters and timber industry square off for recognition

To LEED or not to LEED? That’s the question being waged by several groups in Mississippi and elsewhere. The U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a building standard to make structures healthier and more energy efficient. The certification has been embraced by architects and many in the construction industry. However, the Mississippi Forestry ...

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Net metering in Mississippi

New policies discussed for solar users The Mississippi Public Service Commission has opened a docket to investigate the development of net metering and interconnection standards. Net metering programs enable customers to generate their own electricity and receive retail prices, or in some cases, premiums over retail price for excess power. The Commission already has a rule in place regarding net ...

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Can solar be economical?

A 75 percent MDA grant and 30 percent federal tax credit helps solar can pay for itself quickly Solar is expensive. But a few homeowners and businesses in Mississippi have found a way to use solar and make money or break even over time with the energy savings their panels provide. As Ludlow poultry farmer Andy Stone found, when crunching ...

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