For Immediate Release
September 24, 2009

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

'Recycle Cycle' Bicycle Tour Starts Sunday

Riders will start in Coolidge and stop in Garden City on Sunday before continuing tour

A group of bicyclists will be riding border-to-border across Kansas to promote statewide recycling. The ‘Recycle Cycle’ bike tour will be making stops in several key cities, including Garden City, along its 466-mile route to promote awareness of recycling efforts and programs within the state.

The ride is scheduled to begin at Coolidge and then make a stop at Garden City on Sunday, September 27.  The Recycle Cycle will stop to recognize Garden City’s recycling efforts at
4 p.m. at the parking lot of the Clarion Inn, located at 1911 E. Kansas Ave. in Garden City.

Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management, the ride will highlight ways that communities and companies are helping to save energy, conserve natural resources and extend the life of existing landfills through recycling. The Recycle Cycle tour will cover an average of 66 miles per day over a seven-day period to arrive in Pittsburg 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,” stated 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. “This is not an athletic competition – the goal is simply to showcase the efforts Kansans are making to improve their environment and eliminate waste.”

 “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 continues. “But recycling programs also save energy and create jobs that help strengthen our economy.”

In addition to KDHE riders from Topeka, the 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.

Additional stops for scheduled on the Recycle Cycle 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.