How to Recycle in Kansas City

Downtown Kansas City
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Want to do your part and help out the environment? The easiest way to start the 'go-green' process is by recycling things used every day in households. According to the Kansas City Public Works Department, KC collected approximately 19,000 tons of recyclable material in 2006.

Kansas City Recycles Program

If you live within the Kansas City Metro City Limits, the easiest way to recycle is to join the KC Recycles Program. This curbside program provides a Blue Recycle Bin to each household within the city limits (single family residences and apartments of 6 or fewer units) which is picked up on the same day as your regular trash pick-up. Just place your Blue Bin on the curb and the city will do the rest--and you don't even have to separate!

What's Recyclable in the Blue Bins

  • Aluminum and metal cans
  • Plastic bottles with a neck (#1 & #2 symbols),
  • Water and pop bottles, milk jugs and detergent bottles
  • Paper products including office paper, junk mail, newspapers, phone books, catalogs, and magazines. Cardboard (thick corrugated and thin cereal box-type)

What's Not Recyclable in the Blue Bins

  • Glass
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Motor oil bottles and automotive product bottles
  • Egg cartons
  • Paper towels, tissues or napkins, plates or cups
  • Waxed containers, like milk cartons or juice boxes
  • Gift wrap
  • Shredded paper
  • Plastic tubs

Kansas City Recycles Drop-off Program

KC Recycles also has a drop-off program--drop off your recyclables at the following locations:

  • Metro North Mall, 400 NW Barry Rd. (North parking lot)
  • 5200 E. Red Bridge Road (Intersection of U.S.71/I-49 and Red Bridge Road
    • – next to the KCATA Park and Ride)
  • Environmental Campus (4707 Deramus)

Kansas Recycling Programs

If you live on the Kansas side of Kansas City there are also many great ways to recycle. Deffenbaugh Industries Trash Services provides curbside recycling throughout most neighborhoods in Johnson County, Kansas and surrounding areas. Check the Deffenbaugh Website for all information on a program in your area.

Deffenbaugh also has a weekend recycling program at the Johnson County Landfill.

Other Places to Recycle in Kansas

The Mid America Regional Council (MARC) has numerous environmental programs. You can recycle at these (and many other) recycling centers throughout Johnson County and surrounding areas.

Abitibi Recycling: 14125 W. 95th St., Overland Park
Community Living - Overland Park: 6900 W. 80th St., Overland Park
Community Living: 200 W. Santa Fe, Overland Park

Also, visit -- just throw in your location and what you want to recycle (everything from oil and metal to paper and plastic), and they'll find a recycling location near you.

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