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Implementing sustainable programs that ensure solid waste is managed in such a way that protects public health and the environment resulting in cleaner communities and a positive impact on the economy.


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.

Region M has an annual grant round, resulting in funding for recycling centers, private businesses, and non-profit organizations that focus on recycling.  The grant application process is competitive, following all guidelines set for by the state of Missouri and the MO Department of Natural Resources Waste Management Program.

Region M operates through a fiscal year starting July 1 and ending on June 30.  The Management Council (all member Counties and Cities) meet each year in August.  During this meeting, there is a review of the previous year, the Executive Board is appointed, and officers are elected.

Executive Board

Jamey Cope, Chairperson - McDonald County Eastern Commissioner, representing McDonald County

Alan Cook, Vice Chairperson - Newton County District 1 Commissioner, representing Newton County

John Bartosh, Treasurer - Jasper County Presiding Commissioner, representing Jasper County

Josh Bard - Joplin City Council, representing city of Joplin

Greg Dagnan - City of Carthage Administrator, representing the cities of Jasper County

Tammy Goodwin - Sheldon City Clerk, representing the cities of Vernon County

David Johnson - Barton County Presiding Commissioner, representing Barton County

Nate Siler - City of Neosho Director of Public Works, representing the cities of Newton County

Everett Wolfe - Vernon County Commissioner, representing Vernon County

Russ Worsley - City of Lamar Administrator, representing the cities of Barton County

Vacant - Representative for Cities of McDonald County


Advisory Committee

Rauni Brown - Region M Executive Board, City of Bronaugh

Kirra Antrobus - Citizen At Large

Jennifer Fagan - Republic Services

Jeff Jones - Joplin Workshops, Inc.

Russ Worsley - Region M Executive Board, City of Lamar


Patty Overman - Region M District Planner

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