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Monday, 12 August 2013 17:19

KU Athletics and KU Recycling team up to create waste-diversion program

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In the past few years Kansas Athletics and KU Recycling have coordinated efforts to recycle in tailgating areas at home football games. But this year the organizations have taken it a step further by launching Rock Chalk Recycle.

"We've got a responsibility to take care of our little corner of the world and we thought this was a great way to partner with the University to do just that, so we're excited about it," said Jim Marchiony, KU Athletics.

The program will start this fall and include recycling and composting inside and outside all sports complexes, including Memorial Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has also gotten behind the program and made this statement:

"Rock Chalk Recycle will be a major part of our broader initiative to engage the entire KU community in building sustainable traditions that benefit our planet, our economy and our health and well-being," she said.

Rock Chalk Recycle will accept plastic, glass, aluminum, and cardboard materials, as well as items for compost. With football season just around the corner, tailgaters and fans should look for waste-stations with color-coded bags: blue for recycling, green for compost, and grey for trash. Waste ambassadors will distribute the blue bags for recycling to tailgaters, as well as at soccer and volleyball matches this fall.

"I think they will be happy about this and feel like they're doing their part in this effort," Marchiony said. "We think they'll ease right into this and do it right away, and do it very well."

KU Recycling will keep record of weights for trash, composting, and recycling after each game to track progress throughout the season.