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'Behind the Blue': UK Recycling's Esther Moberly on Reducing Waste on Campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Recycling program has set sustainability goals for campus designed to significantly reduce the university’s waste. In an effort to reach those goals, the program strives to offer a comprehensive recycling program, outstanding service and interactive education.

Despite some of the complications from the pandemic, the program has continued to make exciting progress toward their sustainability goals throughout 2020 and 2021, including expansion of the food waste composting program to coffee shops on campus, an increase of collection spots for yard/green waste by grounds, recycling concrete from sidewalk repairs on campus, and the development of online resources for faculty, staff and students.

Esther Moberly came to the university in 2015, starting as the recycling coordinator. In 2017, Moberly stepped into a new role as the waste, recycling and trucking manager for the university, where she oversees operations of the waste management and recycling departments for UK.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Moberly talks about the responsibilities of her department, from the collection, removal and proper disposal of all the university’s municipal solid waste, to the implementation of plans to significantly reduce that waste through recycling, reduction and reuse programs on campus.

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