EPA Region 7 News and Events
EPA Joins KC Chiefs for Recycling Drive to Help Kick Off Earth Day Activities
To launch Extra Yard for the Environment, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted a community-wide recycling drive April 20 at Arrowhead Stadium, a 2013 Earth Day event proudly supported by EPA. Earth Day is April 22. EPA Region 7 volunteers partnered with the Chiefs, along with other local vendors, to help facilitate a one-stop recycling opportunity for metro-area residents. The Chiefs are joining sport teams across the nation to encourage the public to conserve resources and slow climate change through recycling. The event provided 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. Left photo: Jim Callier (left), EPA Region 7, uses a landfill model to explain how recycling benefits the environment. Center photo: Volunteers unload items for recycling from a steady line of cars in an Arrowhead parking lot. Right photo: Martin Kessler (foreground) and Kris Lancaster (rear center), EPA Region 7, help empty a trunk load of used electronic components.
EPA Region 7 Honors St. Louis Cardinals for Greatly Reducing Food Waste in On-Field Ceremony
The St. Louis Cardinals baseball club was recognized by EPA Region 7 for efforts to divert, donate and compost food waste around Busch Stadium, in an on-field ceremony prior to the Cardinals-Reds game on April 29. The Cardinals are members of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge program, helping to recycle food waste and keep it out of landfills. The Cardinals and their organization’s concessionaire, Delaware North Companies, have diverted more than 27 tons of unused food from concession stands in Busch Stadium to Operation Food Search to feed the area’s poor and hungry. Left photo: During a tour before the ceremony, Chef Jim Thomas describes food recovery practices to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks in the stadium kitchen area, as Hosei Maruyama (left), St. Louis Cardinals, listens in. Center photo: Maruyama shows Brooks (left) where excess food is stored or refrigerated before being donated to Operation Food Search. Right photo: Following the presentation of certificates, Brooks (second from right) stands with the honorees (from left): Bob Doyle, Delaware North Companies; Martin Bethea, Delaware North Companies; Joe Abernathy, St. Louis Cardinals; and Maruyama. More information