MoDOT South Central District Engineer Tom Stehn said the department is increasing efforts to meet the department's tangible result of being environmentally responsible. "In the South Central District, we have been recycling used oil, tires, paper, aluminum cans, light bulbs and 12 and 14 volt batteries among other items," he said.
Other ways MoDOT reuses items include sharing computers with local schools as upgrades take place, collecting and selling scrap iron then putting that money back into the district road funds budget and posting surplus items online at Gov Deals, which also generates revenue for road improvements.
"Our commitment must become stronger as we learn more about the impacts our actions have on the environment," he said. "One way we recently ramped up efforts, is by placing plastic bins in our facilities. By tossing number one and number two plastics in these bins, we are reducing the amount of recyclable waste going into the landfill," he said.
Oregon County was one of the first counties in the South Central District to receive the new bins. According to Stehn, the bins came from the Missouri Recycling Association, an organization supporting waste reduction and recycling efforts in Missouri through information, education and technical support.