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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Med school offers free assessments of businesses’ waste

By Jerry Siebenmark
The Wichita Eagle

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is recruiting businesses to participate in a free waste assessment, with the goal of reducing the amount of waste going to landfills.

The program is called the Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment and is funded through an Environmental Protection Agency cooperative agreement.

“The main goal is to build awareness,” said Elizabeth Ablah, assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health, in a news release. “The KU School of Medicine–Wichita has resources to help businesses institute recycling programs and cost-saving measures.”

School officials said they had an assessment performed on the school last summer and a follow-up assessment performed this spring. The initial assessment showed that 85 percent of the materials it placed in the trash could have been recycled.

Data collected from the assessments will be entered into an EPA database to track changes in how much waste goes to the landfill and how much goes to recycling. Participating businesses will be eligible for recognition in reducing their waste. The school said the EPA will not further regulate businesses that choose to participate.

The free assessments take about an hour to complete and must be completed by Sept. 30.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call the school at 316-293-3597.

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