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Our Mission

To engage students, staff, faculty and patients at the University of Kansas Health System to strive for a green, clean and sustainable medical center.


  • Create a cleaner and greener campus by diverting waste from landfill and encouraging the KUMC community to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.
  • Create a financially self-sustaining recycling program
  • Streamline recycling vendors across the University of Kansas Health System.


The recycling program will be rolled out in two phases.

  • Phase 1 Rollout: KUMC will use a Mixed Stream Recycling process that will allow us to collect paper and other mixed recyclables (plastic, aluminum, etc.) in recycling receptacles located in designated green spots across the campus. In addition we will have designated locations for cardboard collection.

    Note: This initiative will require occupants in offices and private areas to take their recycle and waste items to the green stations. Below is the tentative rollout schedule


Time Frame

Hemenway, Dykes Library, Orr-Major, Murphy February 2016
Research Support Facility, Sudler, Taylor, School of Nursing, Landon Center, Kirmayer Fitness Center, Student Center  Summer 2016
Wescoe B & C, Robinson, Delp D & F, Eaton, Support Services, , CDU/CCHD, Miller Fall 2016
Olathe Pavilion, Fairway North, CRC, Clinical Areas, Research Areas, Other Buildings Spring 2017
  • Phase 2 Rollout: In the future, KUMC will review options for recycling compost, medical grade plastics, furniture, and waste to energy.


A special recognition goes to our students for their efforts in paving the way for the recycling program on campus. The students worked to keep this program going from inception to the takeover by Facilities Management and continue to support this effort as we proceed. See program history.

A special thanks to the KUMC Auxiliary, which provided a $6,000 grant to help launch the beta sites and kick off this initiative.

Thank you to all the members of the recycling committee for their many hours of research and planning.

Last modified: Nov 07, 2018
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