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In 2014 Northwest, for the third year, entered the Recyclemania Competition Division in Food Service Organics (53rd overall) and Cans & Bottles (91st overall). During the eight week competition, not only did Northwest divert 46,950 lbs. of food waste from the landfill, it also diverted4,470 lbs. of cans and bottles. During the competition period, Northwest also diverted 49,410 lbs. mixed paper for use by the alternative fuel pelletizing operation (a figure not recognized by RecycleMania guidelines).
At the completion of the 8 week competition period, the 100,830 lbs. of Food, Paper, and Recyclables collected brought Northwest Missouri State's total waste diversion rate to 44.5%.
While again there were no first place grand prize trophies for our 2014 efforts, it should be noted that of the Missouri universities competing in the Food Service Organics catagory, Northwest was #1.
|Northwest Missouri State University||53|
|Missouri State University||118|
|Maryville University of St. Louis||135|
The 10 Missouri universities competing in 2014 diverted 2,112,032 lbs. or 1,056 tons of waste from the landfill in just 8 weeks!
For the last 20 years Northwest has been collecting recyclables from campus. Based on the need for the paper required for producing fuel pellets for alternative energy, the University has been committed to capturing as many recyclables as possible. In the past year Facility Services has expanded its recycling effort include food service organics, scrap metals, and a redesign of waste collection and tracking. This effort not only reduces expenses and further minimizes Northwest’s environmental impact; it is the first step toward Zero Waste.
RecycleMania is an eight-week competition between more than 600 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can achieve the highest recycling rate and collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, and the least amount of trash per capita. For the past several years Northwest has been a benchmark institution because our paper diversion is not considered recycling.
Participating colleges and universities report recycling and trash data on a weekly basis throughout the competition and are ranked within several categories. Northwest is making the transition back to the Competitive Division in the following categories: