Region M aims to reduce solid waste in landfills through source reduction, recycling and programs designed to educate the public about the importance thereof.
In 1990, to facilitate regional planning for solid waste management, the Missouri General Assembly passed SB530. This law provided guidelines for the formation & operation of 20 solid waste management districts within the state. The REGION M-SWMD was formed pursuant to RSMo., Section 260.305, and is officially recognized by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).
The REGION M Waste Management District includes the counties of Barton, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Vernon, and their participating cities. Participation is voluntary and is formally established through a resolution of adoption filed with the district office by the member governments.
Joe Hardin, Chairperson - Vernon County Presiding Commissioner, representing Vernon County
Alan Cook, Vice Chairperson - Newton County Commissioner, representing Newton County
Tom Short, Secretary/Treasurer - City of Carthage Administrator, representing cities of Jasper County
John Bartosh - Jasper County Presiding Commissioner, representing Jasper County
Rauni Brown - Bronaugh City Clerk, representing cities of Vernon County
John Bunch - McDonald County Commissioner, representing McDonald County
Keenan Cortez - City of Joplin Mayor Pro-Tem, representing city of Joplin
Lewis Davis - City of Noel Mayor, representing cities of McDonald County
Mike Davis - Barton County Presiding Commissioner, representing Barton County
Ira Hawkins - City of Granby Mayor, representing cities of Newton County
Russ Worsley - City of Lamar Administrator, representing cities of Barton County
Rauni Brown - Region M Executive Board
Jennifer Fagan - Republic Services
Joe Hardin - Region M Executive Board
Lindsey James - City of Joplin Recycling Dept.
Tony Robyn - MOKAN Regional Partnership
Luke Westerman - Computer Recycling Center
Byron Wilcox - Midwest Fibre Corporation
Patty Overman - Region M District Planner