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EPA to Team with Kansas City Chiefs for April 20 Recycling Drive

Release Date: 04/08/2013
Contact Information: EPA Region 7 - Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557, lancaster.kris@epa.gov; Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Shanno, 816-920-4351, lshanno@chiefs.nfl.com

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(Lenexa, Kan., April 8, 2013) - EPA Region 7 and the Kansas City Chiefs today announced Extra Yard for the Environment, the football club’s sustainability initiative. The program is designed to devise and implement new green policies for the Kansas City Chiefs while raising awareness for green efforts at Arrowhead Stadium, the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex and for fans at home.

To launch Extra Yard for the Environment, the Chiefs will host a community-wide recycling drive at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As part of the kickoff for Earth Day on Monday, April 22, EPA will join the Chiefs, along with a number of other local vendors, to help facilitate a one-stop recycling opportunity for metro-area residents.

Individuals are encouraged to preview the list of participating vendors below and the items they will be accepting to see how they can take full advantage of this recycling opportunity. All recycling, with the exception of noted electronics recycling, is free of charge.

Since the Chiefs began implementing and tracking sustainability efforts more than two years ago, the organization has put an emphasis on becoming a more socially-responsible corporate citizen. In that time, waste diversion (the amount of waste that is diverted from landfills through recycling, composting, and other means) has increased from 11 percent to 44 percent. In doing so, the club has formed relationships with like-minded community allies that have helped make the upcoming recycling event possible.

“Becoming a more environmentally-conscious organization has been and continues to be a long-term goal for us,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We want to be a positive example for recycling and sustainability efforts in the community. The Extra Yard for the Environment program and this recycling drive ensure that we are well on our way to having a positive environmental impact in Kansas City and throughout the region. We want to thank all the organizations involved for their recycling efforts and for helping make this event possible.”

2013 CHIEFS EXTRA YARD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT RECYCLING DRIVE EVENT INFORMATION:

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium Parking Lots B and C (enter at Gate 2 off Blue Ridge Cutoff)

Note: If you have many items to recycle with multiple vendors, please pack your vehicles using the list below as your guide. Items for Vintage Tech Recyclers should be packed into your vehicles first as they will be the last recycling stop. Likewise, if you have non-perishable food donations for Harvesters, please pack those last as they will be the first collection point at the recycling drive.

COMMUNITY RECYCLING ALLIES:

1. Vintage Tech Recyclers: Computers, laptops, monitors, LCDs, cell phones, printers, scanners, modems, CD drives, cables, keyboards, mice, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, game players and joysticks, telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, adding machines, fax machines, copiers. Note: There is a $15 charge for tube televisions and a $25 charge for digital light processing (DLP) and wooden console televisions.

2. Goodwill: Clothing, accessories, books, footwear, toys, linens, house wares (all in good used condition).

3. Allied Waste Services: Milk and juice cartons; plastic containers (#1-#7, no motor oil, insecticide, herbicide or hazardous chemical containers; no plastic grocery bags, no plastic film, no plastic sheets, tarps or wrap; no glass, no glass bottles or jars); newspapers (including inserts), cardboard (no waxed cardboard); brown paper bags; magazines and catalogs; office, computer and notebook paper (no metal clips, spirals or binders); chipboard (cereal, cake and food mix boxes, gift boxes); carrier stock (cardboard carrying cases); mail, junk mail and envelopes (no plastic cards, sticks, labels or unused stamps); paperback books (no hard cover books).

4. Langley Recycling, Inc.: Scrap steel, aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel and lead, including, but not limited to appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves); cast iron bath tubs and steam radiators; kitchen sinks; lawn mowers with fluids drained; sheet metal; cable, fencing and wire; car parts; aluminum cans; metal window and door frames with glass removed; aluminum guttering and siding; plumbing fixtures; radiators; old air conditioning units; household wiring; electric motors; barbecue grills. Cannot accept sealed containers, paint cans, propane tanks, computer monitors, aerosol cans, and oxygen tanks batteries of any kind.

5. Habitat for Humanity Kansas City ReStore: Lumber (6 feet or longer); sheet goods ( sheet or more); roofing; brick; block; fasteners; fencing; door locks; door knobs; door hinges; new insulation in original packaging; trim, molding, millwork 6 feet or longer with no nails or screws; siding (new vinyl or metal uncut, wood 6 feet or longer, at least sheet for full pieces; tile (new full pieces), shutters; wall paper; windows, window treatments (blinds, shades and treatments in new or like-new condition, no vertical blinds); landscaping supplies; area rugs (10 feet by 10 feet or larger, no carpet), hardwood flooring 2 feet or longer; laminate, parquet, new sheet vinyl, new vinyl tile; gently used solid wood and metal furniture (no sleeper sofas); select upholstered items with no rips, tears or stains; kitchen sinks with faucets; appliances; cabinets; counter tops; lights (no florescent lights or light bulbs); ceiling fans; new conduit 4 feet sections or longer; wire (new or used, any gage type or length); toilets, bathtubs, sinks, showers, hand tool and hand-held power tools.

6. Harvesters: Non-perishable food items, excluding glass containers. Fans who donate items to Harvesters will be eligible to receive a discount in the Kansas City Chiefs Team Store. For 10 items donated to Harvesters, fans will receive 10 percent off their purchase in the team store. For individuals who donate 20 or more items to Harvesters, they will receive 20 percent off a purchase in the Team Store. Additional terms may apply.

7. Missouri Organic (Informational Only): Missouri Organic has become an integral part of waste diversion for the Kansas City Chiefs. Missouri Organic recycles food waste into compost to be used as a soil amendment for landscape, lawns, and gardens. As a result of this recycling, they divert more than 20,000 tons per year of organic waste from going to the landfill.

8. United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 7: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 office is a proud supporter of the Kansas City Chiefs Earth Day event. The Chiefs are joining sport teams across the nation to encourage the public to conserve resources and slow climate change through recycling. The Earth Day event provides Kansas City area residents an opportunity to reuse and recycle waste material and keep it out of landfills. Landfills are one of the largest contributors of methane gas, which has a negative effect on climate change.

In addition to the vendors that will be collecting on-site, there will be representatives from Chiefs Extra Yard for the Environment to share information and answer questions about recycling efforts. In addition, Aramark will be on site with concessions and merchandise.

For more information on the recycling event, including maps and diagrams, as well as more information about Chiefs Extra Yard for the Environment and participating community recycling allies, please visit www.kcchiefs.com/recycle .

EPA is helping change the way our society protects the environment and conserves resources for future generations by developing a new sustainable materials management approach. This approach changes how we think about environmental protection and recognizes the impacts of the vast amount of materials we consume.

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