City celebrates America Recycles Day with free collection event

Northeast News
Nov. 10, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The city of Kansas City, will celebrate America Recycles Day with a free collection event to help residents safely dispose of recyclable materials.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. – noon Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Manual Technical Career Center, 1320 Truman Road. At last year’s event, Kansas Citians recycled more than 68 million pounds of waste. In a press release, Senior Environmental Officer Marleen Leonce said the average Kansas City resident generates about seven pounds of trash per day, but only recycles a pound and a half of waste per week.

“More than ninety-percent of the residential waste we generate can be recycled, reused or re-purposed,” Leonce said. “We’re doing well as a City, but we can do much better.”

The November 14 event will include a number of community partners that specialize in collecting hard-to-recycle trash:
· Surplus Exchange: cell phones, printers and other electronic devices. Monitors will be recycled at a cost of $10 – $15 per item; all other items will be recycled free of charge.
· Disabled American Veterans: Clothing, accessories, books, footwear, toys, linens, house wares, small appliances (all in good working condition).
· Truman Habitat for Humanity Kansas City: Construction salvage, tools, building materials
· Ripple Glass: All glass food and beverage containers of any color (including mason jars and glass drinking vessels such as wine glasses).
· City of Kansas city, Missouri: Waste tires; plastic bags; household batteries; household hazardous waste such as batteries, oils, paint and antifreeze
· RevolveKC: Bicycles
· Avenue of Life: Mattresses, furniture, household appliances
· Document Resources: Off-site document shredding only (documents must be in bags or boxes); limit of five medium boxes or bags per person

For more information about solid waste collection services, visit http://www.kcmo.gov/trash or call the 311 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313.

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