WINONA – Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality selected the City of Winona to receive the Environmental Hero Award as the “New Program Recycler of the Year” for Mississippi in 2017.
Last year, thanks to a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality, purchased two recycling trailers housed behind Winona City Hall. With the help of the Winona Civic Garden Club, the city’s recycling program has continued to grow.
According to a letter sent to the city by the Department of Environmental Quality, the award was due to the city’s “outstanding efforts to promote and grow recycling in your community and surrounding areas.”
Winona City Clerk June Williams, who spearheaded the city’s recycling program since it was funded, attended the Department of Environmental Quality’s Recycling Awareness Day festivities at the Mississippi Capitol Wednesday. She was presented with the city’s award during a presentation that afternoon.
Winona Mayor Jerry Flowers and the board commended Williams for her work with the city’s recycling program during Tuesday’s meeting of the Winona Board of Aldermen.
“[Williams] developed the logos on the trailers, and a lot of people have asked to use those logos since,” Flowers said. “She did a great job.”
According to the Department of Environmental Safety, the Recycling Awareness Day event is co-sponsored by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition and Keep Mississippi Beautiful.
According to a letter from Jennifer Milner, Mississippi Recycling Coordinator, “the event provides the State's Recycling Community with the opportunity to promote the economic benefits of recycling in Mississippi to our State elected officials.”