This educational project was prepared with the support of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources 20-G550-15EMS. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily reflect the views of the IDNR.
The Solid Waste Management Commission of Marshall County, on behalf of Marshall County Landfill, was awarded an EMS Grant for $34,497.26 to purchase and install an LED sign at Marshall Co. Landfill. The project started June 2020 and the final report is due Sept 15th, 2021 with the information gathered thru August 31, 2021.
Environmental Education Component:
The Commission was awarded funds to purchase an LED sign to be placed at the entrance of the scale house to help inform and educate an average of 150 commercial and residential customers per day.
The landfill purchased a 10mm Watchfire unit with a 4 ft. x 8 ft. viewing area. The external illumination of the sign is provided by solar power. The sign was purchased from Eagle Sign Co of Grimes, Iowa for $40,515.78 with electrical work performed by Hawkins Electric to power the sign for $2,710.96 powering the LED sign itself.
The sign was operational on Nov. 19th, 2020. Messages were created in English and Spanish and set up on a schedule to be most effective on certain days/times. The sign’s software managed all the schedules. The messages on the sign included:
- Hours of operation
- Appliance recycling
- Covered load policy
- Holiday closures
- Household Hazardous material collection
- Weather-related closures
- E-waste recycling
- Trivia questions
- Recycling information
- New residential recycling drop off announcement
- Calendar Contest photos
- Staff birthday /celebration events