Rory McCarthy, of Rolla, and Brewer Science, Inc. were among six award recipients recognized for environmental efforts by the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) during the district’s annual banquet and awards program for 2012.
Each year, ORSWMD bestows awards on individuals, organizations and businesses who help the district meet its goal of reducing solid waste by 40 percent through a commitment to recycling and waste management.
“They are the ones out there in the real world, making things happen and making a difference, so we like to take a little time out each year and recognize and thank those folks,” ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson said. “We don’t have a lot of award recipients, and that is because we are focused on quality and not quantity.”
Wilson nominated McCarthy for the individual volunteer award he received because of McCarthy’s ongoing dedication and commitment to special waste collections and illegal dump cleanup efforts.
While McCarthy nearly always volunteers his time to help with special waste collections in Rolla, he recently set out to do more. With the help of his daughter, McCarthy collected and personally delivered 550 illegally dumped tires from around the Rolla area to a tire collection held at the Rolla Recycling Center.
“If you’ve ever seen that many tires in one place, it is just unbelievable, and he’s actually done this on more than one occasion,” Wilson said. “Several years ago we had one big tire collection event and he collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 tires for that collection, which was just colossal.”
McCarthy’s employer, Brewer Science Inc. was also presented with an award from ORSWMD.
The company has not only provided space for waste collections including those for tires, household hazardous waste, appliances and electronics for many years, but it has also fostered a workforce that plans and coordinates the collection events and then volunteers Saturdays to direct traffic and load and unload trailers. Materials collected at these events are recycled.
“They’ve been a great corporate citizen for as long as I’ve been in Rolla, and they’ve really been responsible for planting the seed and breaking the ground for our now permanent household hazardous waste drop-off sites,” Wilson said.
Others receiving awards at the 2012 ORSWMD awards banquet include Gasconade County Associate Commissioner Jerry Lairmore, Gasconade County R-II Middle School in Owensville, Kingston K-14 School District in Cadet and the BRAVO Company 554 Engineer Battalion-2012 Engineering Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood.