MRPC News Release

Sept. 2, 2016
For immediate release
For more information, contact:         
            Jill Hollowell or Tammy Snodgrass, (573) 265-2993

Electronics, appliance collection Sept. 17 in Cuba
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

CUBA—A special waste collection for electronics and appliances will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 in Cuba, Mo., at Hood Park.

The collection is for household items only–no materials from businesses will be accepted.

Microwaves, hot water heaters, garbage disposals, power tools, humidifiers, and personal care items such as hair dryers and electric razors will be collected at no charge. Free electronics also include flat screen monitors, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, VCRs, and handheld electronics such as cell phones. This collection is for anything that runs on a battery or cord.

A $10 fee will be charged for each CRT television and $5 for each CRT computer monitor.

“Ozark Rivers Solid Waste District subsidizes recycling costs and applauds citizens for taking responsibility for the solid waste they generate,” said Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC assistant director and environmental programs manager. “There are simply not enough local grant funds to cover the total cost.”

To get to the park from 1-44 Exit 208, go .7 miles south on Highway 19; turn left onto Washington Street/Historic Route 66 and drive .6 miles; turn right on Rutz Subdivision Road and left onto Hood Drive and look for park signs.

Program participants are required to unload items themselves. The collection is open to any households in the Ozark Rivers District, including Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. The solid waste district is tasked with reducing the amount of waste generated for disposal by 40 percent.

The city of Cuba and Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), in partnership with Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), are offering the collection.

For more information or questions, contact Jill Hollowell at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or

For those unable to participate in the Cuba collection, mark your calendars for the Oct. 1 collection in St. Robert.

The Ozark Rivers District includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities with populations of 500 or more. The district's strategy for solid waste reduction, which has been individually adopted by all member governments and approved by MDNR, involves intense education and increased recycling efforts in member counties and cities.

 Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 22, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities. For the latest news and events from ORSWMD and MRPC, visit or find it on Facebook at


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