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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 12, 2010

Northwest, Maryville to partner on recycling

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest and the city of Maryville are partnering to extend glass and paper recycling to the Maryville community.

The project, dubbed "Reduce Your Paw Print: Taking it to the Community," developed after Northwest received a glass recycling machine in March. Because the crusher is capable of handling more glass than what is deposited in recycling containers on campus, Northwest is extending collection to Maryville residents.

"This project is a wonderful example of the collaboration that Northwest and Maryville have come to expect from each other," Northwest Recycling Committee member Lezlee Johnson said. "This is a little project, but everyone on campus and everyone in the community can participate for a big impact. Shouldn't we, if it is within our power, work together to make our lives better?"

Said Maryville City Manager Matthew S. LeCerf, "Maryville is pleased to help the University meet its needs for recycling paper for its alternative energy program, as well as glass for new applications they are using on campus. This is a win-win situation for the community and Northwest."

Later this year, collection boxes will be placed on trailers in three locations where residents and businesses can deposit their clean paper and glass bottles and jars to be recycled by Northwest.

The drop-off sites will be Sisson Eek Park, behind City Hall, and a yet-to-be-determined site. A fourth site will be at the University's Pellet Plant.

Northwest and the city will announce when the collection sites open.

Three Northwest students enrolled in the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations course conducted a telephone survey in February to estimate the amount of glass generated by Maryville bars and restaurants. The study projected as much as 20,000 tons of glass could be diverted from the Maryville City Transfer Station if Northwest partnered with the city on glass collection.

Northwest's glass recycling machine is capable of producing up to 500 pounds of ground glass per hour. The small particles can be used as a base for concrete, an abrasive in icy weather and a variety of construction projects on campus.

Additionally, clean paper - including newspapers, magazines, office paper and cardboard boxes - collected at the sites will be used for pelletizing into a fuel source for the University. Northwest estimates an increase of 300 tons of paper could be collected during the project's first year.

The project, which includes constructing the collection boxes and purchasing trailers, is being funded partially by a $2,550 grant through June 30, 2011, from the Northwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

For more information about recycling and sustainability at Northwest, go to:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468