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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

April 21, 2011

Northwest recovers recyclable items during Dumpster dive

MARYVILLE, Mo. - As the nation marks Earth Day Friday, Northwest Missouri State University continues its initiative to spread awareness of sustainability and environmental well-being. Wednesday the University's hardscape team led a Dumpster dive to see just how much waste from the bid could be recycled.

Staff members pulled a full-sized residence hall Dumpster, weighed the full bin, removed the waste that could be recycled and weighed the bin again.

The results? The bin weighed 1,300 pounds before the Dumpster dive. It weighed 700 pounds after all of the recyclable items had been removed, creating a 44 percent reduction in waste.

Staff members recovered:

  • 290 pounds of mixed paper
  • 200 pounds of plastic
  • 20 pounds of glass
  • 10 pounds of aluminum
  • 80 pounds of compost


Northwest Sustainability Coordinator John Viau noted the team searched through a single Dumpster on a single day - one of just the 31 Dumpsters on the Northwest campus.

"Since July 1, Northwest has hauled nearly 1.2 million pounds of trash to the landfill at a cost of over $32,000," Viau said. "That's less than a year, and probably 44 percent too much."

Throughout the month Northwest's sustainability and campus dining offices, along with other campus organizations, are hosting programs and activities to spread awareness of sustainability and environmental well-being. Other events this month included an Arbor Day Celebration during which Northwest planted six trees at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the help of fourth-grade students from St. Gregory's School and the Horace Mann Laboratory School. Students also participated in a two-day "Spring Clean-Up" on the Northwest campus.

This week Campus Dining is sponsoring a series of activities, dubbed "Make Every Day Earth Day." The activities conclude Friday with an Earth Day Green Menu highlighting green food choices.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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