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In 2012 Northwest re-entered the competition in Food Service Organics (44th overall) and Cans & Bottles (64th overall). During the eight week competition, not only did Northwest divert more than 34,400 lbs of food waste from the landfill, it also diverted over 73,000 lbs of mixed paper for use by the alternative fuel pelletizing operation (a figure not recognized by RecycleMania guidelines). While there were no first place trophies for our first year back in the competition, it should be noted that of the Missouri universities competing in the Food Service Organics category, Northwest was #1.
|Northwest Missouri State University||44|
|Missouri State University||88|
|University of Missouri Columbia||103|
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; however this year we will be competing!
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: