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.

Executive Board

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

Jamey Cope - McDonald County Commissioner, representing McDonald County

Keenan Cortez - City of Joplin Mayor Pro-Tem, representing city of Joplin

Terry Lance - 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

Advisory Committee

Rauni Brown - Region M Executive Board

Joe Hardin - Region M Executive Board

Tony Robyn - MOKAN Regional Partnership

Jennifer Fagan - Republic Services

Luke Westerman - Computer Recycling Center

Byron Wilcox - Midwest Fibre Corporation


Patty Overman - Region M District Planner