Madison County has received recognition for its sustainability efforts. The Green Business Challenge is a joint program developed in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Gardens to support the adoption of fiscal, social, and environmental improvements for businesses within the Greater St. Louis area.
Madison County Planning Director Matt Brandmeyer tells The Big Z the county was recognized for the Sheriff's Department drug take-back program, sustainability projects it funded at schools, worked with the EPA to initiate programs at those schools, and collected and recycled over 668 tons of recyclables at seven collection sites around the county.
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He notes that these county programs are not funded with taxpayer dollars, but with tipping fees at county landfills. Also honored with Green Cities Awards for their sustainability efforts were Alton and Highland.