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By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Cooperative recycling programs in Mississippi will get a major boost from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which will be providing local governments with a total of $1 million in grants. Grants of up to $400,000 will be awarded, a move that is intended to promote the expansion of recycling programs throughout the state.

A new report estimates that in 2011, food manufacturers generated 44.3 billion pounds of food waste and diverted nearly 95 percent from landfills. According to the findings from BSR Analysis, 73 percent of the food waste generated by manufacturers was converted to animal feed, as opposed to retail and wholesale generators of food waste who typically send their material through composting or donation streams.

The National Recycling Coalition is accepting nominations for its board of directors through Aug. 19. Eligible candidates must have been NRC members for at least a year and are asked to provide their thoughts on the role of member organizations, the NRC's restructuring efforts, and other topics as part of their application. The nomination form is available here.

The FBI has expressed a mysterious interest in recycling — or at least in a parody of recycling culture. The law-enforcement agency recently contacted the makers of the TV comedy series "Portlandia," asking to use a clip from its "Sanitation Twins" sketch in advanced-intelligence courses. The show granted permission.

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