WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Wichita State University’s Environmental Finance Center and Wichita City Council are teaming up to conduct a study on waste in Wichita. A press release from the city said that “the study aims to help local leaders and community groups make decisions on how to reduce waste. Community members who wish to participate in the study can complete a Volunteer Interest Form on the Wichita State website.
“It’s critical that we understand the source of the waste in Wichita,” said Becky Tuttle, Wichita City Council member. “As we strive to make Wichita the best it can be, we need to tackle the material burn found throughout the city and work to find ways to combat and prevent waste.”
In the study, volunteers will collect and document the type of material, condition and quality of waste from 12 sites in Wichita.
“Each garbage collection event will provide data points to help the city understand which types of garbage are most common and how they develop over time,” the city of Wichita explained in its press release. “Cleanup locations represent a variety of surrounding terrain, land use and activities. Many are located near a waterway or storm sewer that leads to the Arkansas River. “
The city pointed out that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waste Free Water program estimates that at least 80 percent of waste in waterways comes from land-based sources. The Wichita Waste Study aims to help determine the impact of waste on Wichita’s land, streams, rivers and streams. EPA funded the project.
“It remains extremely important that we prevent trash from entering our waterways here in the Heartland,” said Ed Chu, EPA Region 7 Acting Administrator. “I am pleased to see the Wichita Waste Study progressing and to know that the data collected and the partnerships established through this effort will help keep the waters waste free.”
Analyzes of the data collected are expected to provide a “general overview of waste in Wichita,” the city said. He said that “the scans can also show potential impacts on the environment and the community over time and inform possible intervention policies or program implementation.
“We hope that the Wichita Waste Study will become a baseline against which to measure the impact of future waste reduction programs here. This project also has the potential to be replicated in other locations or waterways in the Wichita metro area, ”said Tonya Bronleewe, director of the Environmental Finance Center.
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