The Northeast Missouri Shelter Workshop in Hannibal was awarded $25,000 from the USDA to purchase a new skid loader at their recycling plant.
The plant is the city's only recycling provider and employs nearly 50 mentally challenged adults.
Officials said the new equipment will help operations at the plant run more smoothly.
"It is very important. It enabled us to do our recycling business more efficiently. It let's us maneuver our products around in a productive way," said floor supervisor Lewis Frosch.
Hannibal voters passed a 70 cent recycling free referendum in April to help keep the workshop open.
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