UCM Celebrates America Recycles Day
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 8, 2013) – The University of Central Missouri joins the nationwide effort to raise awareness of sustainability through recycling as it celebrates America Recycles Day Friday, Nov. 15.
Coordinated by the UCM Office of Sustainability, the event will feature the Mess on the Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an annual public trash audit that will demonstrate the potential effect of recycling at UCM.
Trash cans will be collected from a variety of locations across campus and emptied at a specified location on the pedestrian mall in front of the Elliott Student Union. Volunteers from a variety of campus organizations will sort the trash, separating disposables from recyclables.
“Mess on the Mall is a great visual example of how improvements in recycling can made and the impact the UCM community can have on the earth,” said Hunter Hoyer, UCM sustainability coordinator. “Observers are able to see the amount of ‘trash’ being thrown away that can be diverted from landfills.” Volunteers and observers then will have an opportunity to sign a pledge to reduce their personal waste through increased recycling.
In addition to the Mess on the Mall, The Social Enterprise class from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, under the direction of instructor Mary McCord, will host an electronic waste drive in conjunction with Enactus and other campus organizations for America Recycles Day.
The drive is part of a collaborative effort with the Office of Sustainability to create a sustainable electronic waste recycling program on campus and within the community. Items being collected include computers, monitors, cell phones, and small kitchen appliances, as well as many others. Televisions will be accepted with a $10 collection fee.
For more information on American Recycles Day at UCM and the Mess on the Mall, contact Hoyer at 660-543-4113.
America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebratingrecycling in the U.S.Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action.