University of Central Missouri Students Launch Waste Analysis Project

Press Release: Organizer: Sustainability Operations Management Class at the University of Central Missouri Date: August 20, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Location: Warrensburg, MO

On October 14, 2013, members of the Sustainability Operations Management class (HM 4820) at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) launched their sustainability campaign in an effort to promote environmentally-responsible behavior. To increase awareness of reusing, reducing, and recycling, students will post flyers in the Ward Edwards and Dockery buildings, place new recycle bins throughout two buildings, and speak to classes in the Ward Edwards building.

Since August 20, 2013, HM 4820 has been developing the Waste Analysis Project. It aims to raise awareness of how much recyclable material is disposed of as garbage. When it comes to protecting the environment, emphasis is placed on individual contribution. The saying “a little goes a long way” is absolutely true. Students are motivated to make a difference at UCM, in the community, and for the environment by making small changes in their daily behavior.

The first day of HM 4820 began with a trash sort. Students separated recyclable material from the waste, which was then weighed. Data show that most items thrown in the trash were recyclable:

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In summary, 58% (267.46 pounds) of the 458.12 pounds of material thrown into trash cans throughout Ward Edwards and Dockery buildings was recyclable. More than half of the material placed in trash bins could, potentially, be repurposed or recycled.

Fastenal, a three-plus year corporate supporter of the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies at UCM, supported the Waste Analysis Project by donating over 133 recycling bins, worth over $2,000, to the HM 4820 class. Additionally, two HM 4820 students Kyle Bauer and Tyler Ahring have internships with the company. As a corporate partner, Fastenal assisted with the Waste Analysis Project, dedicates management representatives participate in classroom experiences, and provides students with real-life business experience.

With the help of professors, students, and local businesses, HM 4820 is excited and prepared to complete the Waste Analysis Project this semester.

For more information on the Waste Analysis Project, please email Maria Frank at

To contact the Sustainability Coordinator at UCM, please email Hunter Hoyer at

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