UMKC Out-Recycles the Competition

Nonetta Hammond, administrative assistant for Campus Facilities Management, participates in the "Clean Your Files" initiative. "Clean Your Files" is just one reason that UMKC is doing well in the nationwide RecycleMania competition.

UMKC aims to place in top 10 campuses nationwide

It’s crunch time. The University of Missouri-Kansas City is in the final week of a nationwide recycling contest. If the past few weeks are any indication, UMKC has a shot at the title.

Last week, UMKC ranked #1 out of 260 campuses in the Grand Champion category of the annual RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is an annual nationwide competition that challenges schools to increase their recycling efforts. The competition hopes to spark new and long-lasting sustainable practices across the country.

The goal is to place in the top 10 of all campuses participating. Last year, UMKC ranked 13 out of 242 campuses.  The competition began February 3 and will end March 30.

This year, the Office of Sustainability, led by Sustainability Coordinator Kaye Johnston, has rolled out several different initiatives to keep UMKC high in the rankings.

“This year we’re really working to align the university’s recycling efforts. On top of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, countless campus groups are putting forth extra effort. Together, we’re all making a difference,” Johnston said.

The efforts are paying off – both in the competition, and for the planet. UMKC Libraries has partnered with KC Rehab to recycle books; peer mentors are helping students recycle or compost their waste in the Student Union. Building Services is hosting a recycling competition, and soon the entire campus will be invited to a document shredding event.

The university has participated in RecycleMania for six years. Every year, the campus has risen in the rankings. These initiatives complement UMKC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

What can you do?

Clean your files. Building Services is hosting an in-house competition called “Clean Your Files.” Building Services will provide up to two 95-gallon tote recycling containers to be filled within a three-day limit.  Contact Building Services at ext. 1620 for pick-up and drop-off of the 95- gallon recycle bins.

Shred it. Cintas Document Management is also presenting a shredding event Wednesday, March 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are invited to shred their documents in the 4825 Troost parking lot.

Stay informed. Get more information and track our progress.

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