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EPA to Present Waste Reduction Award to City of Newton, Kan., on Tuesday, June 25

Release Date: 06/24/2013
Contact Information: EPA Region 7 - Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557, lancaster.kris@epa.gov; City of Newton - Erin McDaniel, 316-284-6055, emcdaniel@newtonkansas.com

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(Lenexa, Kan., June 24, 2013) - EPA Region 7 will present an award to the City of Newton, Kan., for efforts to reduce waste and recycle materials at the city-owned Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

In 2012, the City of Newton diverted approximately 24 tons of waste from landfills through waste prevention and recycling programs at the golf course. Golf course staff purchased more than three tons of recycled products and reduced other costs, which resulted in $32,000 in savings.

The recycling program at the golf course includes the collection of aluminum cans, branches, cardboard boxes, fats, oil, greases, food, glass, light bulbs, mixed paper, phonebooks, plastics, tires and yard trimmings.

The City of Newton and its local partners, Sand Creek Station Golf Course and Kemper Sports, joined EPA’s WasteWise program in 2009. Kemper Sports manages the golf course and facility operations including water conservation, habitat management, energy usage, recycling, staff education and training.

WasteWise helps organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to reduce municipal and select industrial wastes. WasteWise participants can join as partners, endorsers or both.

WHO: Newton Mayor Jim Nickel; Chris Tuohey, general manager of Sand Creek Station Golf Course; Marcus Rivas, pollution prevention and sustainability coordinator, EPA Region 7

WHAT: Presentation of EPA WasteWise Waste Reduction Award

WHERE: City Hall, Commission Chambers, 201 E. 6th Street, Newton, Kan. 67114

WHEN: 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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