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'UK at the Half': Learn About UK Recycling Efforts

Made from Styrofoam coolers used by UK HeathCare, the “wave” was displayed at the Gatton Student Center last week. Photo by Niamh Denny.
Made from Styrofoam coolers used by UK HeathCare, the “wave” was displayed at the Gatton Student Center last week to celebrate America Recycles Day. Photo by Niamh Denny.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2021) — For this “UK at the Half,” Esther Moberly, manager of waste, recycling and trucking at University of Kentucky, provides an update on university sustainability strategic goals, recycling tips and tricks, and discusses why she is passionate about making a change on campus. 

UK has a target of diverting 50% of its waste from the landfill by 2022. This goal — which means working to recycle, donate, reuse or compost at least as much material as it landfills — is part of the UK Sustainability Strategic Plan. UK Recycling is leading the university’s efforts on this front and works diligently with partners throughout campus to increase recycling and reduce the university’s landfill waste. Data from 2020 highlights significant progress toward this goal.

“UK at the Half” airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on the radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the “UK at the Half” interview, click the play button above.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.