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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Feb. 27, 2016

    Recyclemania contest pits Northwest against other universities

    Northwest Missouri State University is participating in the annual RecycleMania competition again this spring.

    The eight-week competition pits college campuses in a friendly competition to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.

    Northwest, which began participating in the contest in 2005, diverted 44,680 lbs. of food waste from the local landfill last year. It also diverted 8,148 lbs. of cans and bottles and 55,910 lbs. of mixed paper, which supports its alternative fuel pelletizing operation.

    Each day, the University’s hardscape team collects recyclables from bins throughout the Northwest campus and weighs them at the Northwest Pellet Plant. The totals are reported to RecycleMania through a database used by the Environmental Protection Agency and other entities to measure recycling efforts across the country.


    About Northwest’s recycling and sustainability efforts

    Northwest has been a leader in recycling efforts in the Maryville community and beyond, establishing a paper collection program in 1993 that turns recycled materials into an alternative fuel at its boiler plant.

    The University has been ranked among the top 10 universities in the nation twice in the last three years by Campus Conservation Nationals. Northwest also is a three-time winner of the Missouri State Recycling Program’s Annual Recycling Award, claiming the honor in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

    Since 1982, Northwest has been on the cutting edge of alternative fuels. More than 50 percent of the University’s energy needs are provided through alternative fuels, such as wood chips and paper pellets, saving taxpayers more than $15 million since the program’s inception.

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


    About RecycleMania

    Launched in 2001, RecycleMania began as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University in Ohio to increase recycling on their campuses.

    Last year, 80.1 million lbs. of recyclables and organic materials were recovered, which prevented the release of nearly 127,553 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

    For more information about the contest, visit Northwest’s RecycleMania website by clicking here or visit the official 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