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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 6, 2015

Northwest recovers more than 109,000 pounds of recycled materials during annual Recyclemania competition

Northwest Missouri State University recycled 109,225 pounds of materials during an eight-week tournament decided by the pounds of material that competing colleges and universities recycled and composted.

With more than 390 colleges and universities competing this year, the RecycleMania Tournament annually harnesses the competitive energy of institutions to engage students in increasing recycling and waste reduction on campuses nationwide.

Northwest's recycling total prevented the release of 149 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of the annual emissions of 29 cars or the energy consumption of 13 households.

Northwest ranked 51 out of 233 participating schools in the grand champion category. While Antioch University Seattle was the top-ranked institution, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, at No. 2, was the only Missouri institution to finish ahead of Northwest. The University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri State University, and Missouri University of Science and Technology all ranked lower.

“Since 2012, recycling at Northwest has evolved from an added environmental benefit of our alternative fuels program to a stand-alone effort that, along with composting food service organics, has helped the University divert 282 tons of waste from the landfill this school year alone,” said John Viau, sustainability coordinator for Northwest. “It is important for our students to share in this success, because as future leaders they need to understand the positive impact of environmental stewardship.”   

Schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. Between the Feb. 1 kickoff and the final recycling weigh-in on March 28, competing schools recycled or composted 80.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 129,411 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 25,375 cars.


About Northwest’s recycling and sustainability efforts

Northwest’s tradition of sustainability and recycling dates back to 1982 when the University established a biomass energy system utilizing wood chips under then-President Dr. B.D. Owens. In 1993, Northwest enhanced its energy program by adding discarded newspaper, corrugated and cardboard boxes, magazines and other clean paper products to its alternative fuel processes. In 2001, Northwest began using animal waste from its farm to create a virtually odor-free pellet that is burned as fuel. Additionally, Northwest recycles plastic, aluminum, glass, copper, brass and steel it collects on campus.

Northwest has been recognized as one of the nation’s top energy-reducing schools based on results of the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals. Northwest also is a recipient of the Missouri State Recycling Program Annual Award during three of the last four years.

For more information about recycling and sustainability at Northwest, click here.


About RecycleMania

The RecycleMania Tournament was launched in 2001 and is an independent program of RecycleMania, Inc., a non-profit composed of a board of directors who are professional college recycling and sustainability managers from across the country. Program management is provided by Keep America Beautiful with additional program support from the United States EPA’s WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition. This year, RecycleMania partnered with National Wildlife Foundation’s Campus Ecology program, Campus Conservation Nationals and myActions. For complete competition details including a list of participating schools, visit the RecycleMania website at

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