recycling

Miles of Christmas lights could be headed out the door as more consumers look at switching from traditional holiday lights to their LED counterparts. Kansas City-based Southeast Enterprises is looking to keep the discarded strands out of landfills.

Southeast Enterprises Business Director Megan Gurera says they accept any unused or broken strands of lights.

“You know the ones you pullout, get ready to put up, and half of it works,” says Gurera.

Southeast Enterprises is a sheltered workshop, employing 160 people with development or intellectual disabilities.

The Birth Of Local Curbside Glass Recycling

Jul 25, 2012

Chances are, a truck drives by your neighborhood to pick up recyclables. Convenient, right?

But, what about glass? It's either throw it away, or pack those old bottles in your car and drive to the nearest glass recycling bin.

Well, now there might be a third option.

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Recycling efforts at KU hospital have cut down the amount of waste it sends to local landfills by more than a half million pounds.  The two-year decline has caught the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency, which recently awarded the hospital a national achievement award for waste reduction.

Jim Callier, the EPA’s pollution prevention and solid waste program manager for this region, says such efforts are critical for saving valuable resources and curbing harmful emissions.

Residential Composting

May 25, 2011

Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio from BADSEED Farms visit the studio to talk about ways to compost at home and their new residential composting program starting next month. 

Brooke says that 75% of our household waste is compostable.  Residential composting can be done using any natural materials.