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Feb. 23, 2011
(Updated Feb. 25, 2011)
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University and the city of Maryville are partnering to extend glass and paper recycling to the Maryville community.
Maryville Mayor Chad Jackson and Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, along with representatives of the city and Northwest Environmental Services gathered at Beal Park today for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the partnership.
"This is the culmination of the cooperative leadership of Northwest," Jackson said, noting discussions about the partnership started about a year a go. "We're responding to the needs of the community."
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski also expressed appreciation for the partnership with the city, adding, "The bottom line is that it's all about cooperation and collaboration."
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.
Collection boxes, which were constructed by Environmental Services staff, are stationed in four locations where residents and businesses can deposit their clean paper and glass bottles and jars to be recycled by Northwest. The drop-off sites are Beal Park, Sisson Eek Park, behind City Hall and at the University's Pellet Plant.
Three Northwest students enrolled in the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations course conducted a telephone survey last year 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 included constructing the collection boxes and purchasing trailers, is funded partially by a $2,550 grant through June 30, 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: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/sustainability/index.htm.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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