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Volunteers needed for RecycleFIRST grassroots education plan

The Department of Environmental Management is seeking volunteers to educate Kansas City, Mo., residents about RecycleFIRST, the City’s new curbside recycling program that begins March 1. Community-wide grassroots efforts are planned to keep residents informed about this program.

As part of the community education effort, volunteers will be liaisons between neighborhoods and the City, providing residents with important information and gathering feedback. Two types of volunteers are needed: community speakers and ambassadors.

RecycleFIRST community speakers will speak to neighborhood and community organizations. RecycleFIRST recycling ambassadors will work at the block level, educating people about the program’s logistics, the start date for the respective neighborhoods and how the program will work. The ambassadors also will gather feedback from the neighborhood residents about their perceived success of the program. Other grassroots efforts to educate the community include neighborhood newsletters, door hangers, yard signs and posters.

RecycleFIRST will launch March 1, in the first 75 neighborhoods. The program will roll out into another 75 neighborhoods in June; 150 neighborhoods in September; and the final 150 neighborhoods in December. The program includes single-family residences and apartment units of six units or less. It does not include businesses, apartments with more than six units, or homes associations that privately contract for trash services. For more information about RecycleFIRST, visit the program’s Web page (

Training sessions for speakers are scheduled for Jan. 20 and 26; and Feb. 9, 17 and 23. People interested in being either a community speaker or a recycling ambassador should call Laura O’Brien, volunteer coordinator for Bridging the Gap (the RecycleFIRST community outreach partner), (816) 561-1061, Ext. 109.

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