For Immediate Release
August 28, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

'Recycle Cycle' Bicycle Tour To Promote State-Wide Recycling

A group of bicyclists will soon be riding border-to-border across Kansas with a unique goal that is far removed from any challenge or competition. Instead, the tour, which is appropriately named the Recycle Cycle, will be making stops in several key cities along its 466-mile route to promote awareness of recycling efforts and programs within the state of Kansas.

Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management, the ride will also highlight some of the ways communities and companies are helping to save energy, conserve natural resources and extend the life of existing landfills through their recycling efforts. Scheduled to begin on September 27 at Coolidge, Kansas, Recycle Cycle will cover an average of 66 miles per day over a seven-day period to arrive in Pittsburg, Kansas, on October 3.

“This is a great opportunity for local communities to have their environmental efforts highlighted, as there are a number of stories to be told along the ride’s scenic route,” said KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby. “The ‘Recycle Cycle’ bike tour will showcase e-waste recycling, waste-to-energy projects and several other traditional recycling centers.”

“What better way to promote a healthier and cleaner Kansas than with a bicycle ride,” said William Bider, director of the Bureau of Waste Management. “Although there will be several riders from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, we’re not positioning the ride as an athletic event,” he adds, noting that riders will set their own pace and there is no competition involved. “The goal is simply to showcase the efforts Kansans are making to improve their environment and eliminate waste.”

A stop in Greensburg, for example, will double as a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new recycling and household hazardous waste collection center that was constructed during the rebuilding efforts that followed the town’s 2007 devastation by an EF5 tornado. A stop in Wichita will kick off a new program, developed in cooperation with Best Buy, for recycling e-waste. The second-to-the-last stop in Chanute will highlight the Ash Grove Cement Company and its recycling efforts.

“We all know that recycling reduces the need for new landfills, helps existing landfills last longer and helps reduce soil, water and air pollution,” Bider said. “But recycling programs also save energy and create jobs that help strengthen our economy.

“Recycling just one ton of paper saves 400 gallons of oil,” he added. “Thousands of tons of cardboard and paper are recycled each year by Tamko Roofing in Phillipsburg to make into roofing products; Central Fiber in Wellsville to make into cellulose insulation, and by Sonoco in Hutchinson to make food packaging products. Together, those companies employ hundreds of Kansas workers.”

In addition to KDHE riders from Topeka, Recycle Cycle participants will include local solid waste officials, KDHE district office staff, local elected officials, state elected officials and local media celebrities who will participate as “day riders” along sections of the route that are close and convenient. Area riders are also invited to participate along the route. The tour procession will include a lead vehicle as well as a support and gear carrier that will follow the last participant.

Stops for scheduled media events include:

For more information on the Recycle Cycle program visit www.recyclecycle.org or contact the Kansas Bureau of Waste Management, a division of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, at 800-282-9790.