April 11, 2012
University aims to reduce waste, benefit community during Big Green Move-Out
As the school year winds down and students begin to think about moving away from the campus for the summer, Northwest Missouri State University wants students to “think green” before tossing their belongings in a trash container.
The University kicks off its Big Green Move-Out program Thursday, April 12, and is encouraging students living both on and off-campus to participate.
Bins will be stationed at every residence hall for students to leave clothes and other belongings they might otherwise throw away. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County also will provide a drop-off point in Lot 21 at West Ninth Street.
The program continues through the end of the school year.
On average, the University’s monthly landfill waste increases by 19 tons during the final month of the school year, at a cost of nearly $1,000, Northwest’s Sustainability Coordinator John Viau said. The Big Green Move-Out aims to reduce those numbers while benefitting community members who are in need of items Northwest students no longer want.
“While we have made great strides in reducing our landfill waste through recycling and composting, this program accomplishes the same results through reuse and local community support,” Viau said.
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