City Celebrates Earth Day With Recycling Event
For four-plus hours, cars and trucks rolled into the parking lot across the street from the Manual Career and Technical Center on Truman Road and Marleen Leonce, the city’s senior environmental officer, could not have been happier! Kansas Citians took advantage of the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted items during the city’s Earth Day recycling event April 22.
“This was a huge success,” Leonce said. “We diverted more than 100 tons of materials from the landfill today.”
This recycling effort gave residents an opportunity to properly dispose of larger, hard- to- recycle items and do so free of charge. Several organizations partnered with the city to collect, reuse or repurpose items ranging from computers and TVs to mattresses and bicycles. “This was a great opportunity for residents to declutter,” Leonce said. And a great opportunity to keep the city Leonce loves clean.
“I think Kansas City is a beautiful city,” she said. “We have so many wonderful attractions for the public. However, we’ll occasionally drive up and down the streets and see waste tires, see brush, clothing…. so this was also an opportunity to clean up neighborhoods properly and divert items from the landfill.”
Kansas City Missouri residents can also take household waste free of charge to the city’s Environmental Campus, 4707 Deramus, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Acceptable items include paint, automotive products, hazardous liquids, flammables, lawn and garden products and pesticides.
In 2016, Kansas Citians recycled more than 30,000 tons of waste, keeping 30 percent of household trash out of landfills.