UMKC tops in national recycling competition

The University of Missouri-Kansas City can now brag it has the nation’s greenest campus.

With an 86 percent recycling rate, the school ranked No. 1 in the Grand Champion category of the annual RecycleMania competition. More than 260 campuses vied for the title.

Through the competition, colleges and universities try to see who can collect the largest amounts of recyclables.

Missouri-Kansas City’s sustainability coordinator Kaye Johnston says the school’s victory shows that “when we all do a little, we all do a lot.”

The school began several new efforts this year. Among them, the library worked with another organization to recycle books, and peer mentors helped students recycle or compost their trash. There also was a recycling competition and a document shredding event.