Mark your calendars now for 2023!  

July 9 - 11, 2023

Margaritaville Lake Resort

Keynote Speakers Announced

Dru Buntin, Director

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Dru Buntin was named Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in August 2021.

Dru served as Deputy Director for the department from 2009 to 2012, and again in 2017. Dru is the former Executive Director of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, where he served for four years. Since rejoining the department in 2017, Dru has led the agency on important river-related issues, including drought relief and flood recovery. He was also instrumental in leading the department's Red Tape Reduction efforts, which reduced the regulatory burden on Missouri businesses and citizens. Dru earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Meg McCollister. Regional Administrator

EPA Region 7 in Kansas City

Meg McCollister has a strong advisory and advocacy background with nearly two decades of experience serving nonprofits, candidates for public office, and public policy campaigns.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas before attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate with an emphasis in urban, land use and environmental law.

After law school, McCollister served on the Board of Directors for Sonoma County, California Conservation Action and worked on environmental campaigns and in local government. Upon her return to the Midwest, she has continued to serve as an advisor and strategic thinker in areas including environmental, health, and social improvement initiatives as well as communication strategies.

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2023 Environmental Conference

Sponsor/Exhibit at 2023 Environmental Conference

Upcoming events

09 Jul 2023 10:00 AM • Margaritaville Lake Resort - The Oaks
09 Jul 2023 2:00 PM • Margaritaville Lake Resort, Osage Beach, MO
09 Jul 2023 4:00 PM • Margaritaville Lake Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri


Missouri Waste Control Coalition (MWCC) is a 400-member not-for-profit organization which is concerned with environmental issues.  The statewide organization is a coalition of citizens, businesses, consultants, regulators, and others concerned with the management and disposal of generated wastes and other environmental issues. 

Annually, the MWCC sponsors the MWCC Environmental Conference, a conference that has run continuously since 1972, making it one of the oldest environmental conferences in the nation.The MWCC offers periodic training throughout the state, and offers various other educational programs. It also provides college scholarships and recognizes outstanding achievement through its annual award program.             

2023 Conference Highlights
  • Technical sessions in Solid Waste, Environmental Issues,  Brownfields, and Tanks
  • Special workshops available on Monday and Tuesday - Effective Application of ITRC Guidance Documents to Hydrocarbon Sites

  • Golf tournament on Sunday
  • Opening reception on Sunday with entertainment from Whorlow Entertainment Dueling Pianos

  • Monday evening Family Reception with activities for the kids including face painter, balloon artist and caricature artist and bounce house

  • Birds from World Bird Sanctuary on display and available for photographs during Monday reception

  • Casino night with mouse races during Monday reception

Monday Luncheon Speaker

Dan Meers, aka KC Wolf

What makes Dan truly special is that he is as equally entertaining out of his costume. He goes to work each day like many other men, dressed in a suit. The only difference is that instead of wearing a tie with his suit, he wears a tail. Dan's work as KC Wolf and his experiences as a professional sports mascot have reinforced to him the philosophy that laughter and a cheerful heart are good medicine. He is also a firm believer that when you learn to think only of the best and work on for the best, you can start to expect the best!




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