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KC Recycles receives national award for success in waste reduction

KC Recycles, the City of Kansas City Mo., curbside recycling program, is the winner of the 2005 National Award for Waste Reduction from Keep America Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful’s annual national awards program honors businesses, youth groups, government agencies and non-profit organizations for their work in litter prevention, waste reduction, beautification and community improvement. The KC Recycles program will receive the award at a ceremony Dec. 9 in Orlando, Fla.

KC Recycles received the award for its strong support among City leaders and departments; support from businesses, such as sponsors Price Chopper and Westlake Ace Hardware; and its community partnerships, including one with Bridging the Gap.

“Recognition of the KC Recycles program by Keep America Beautiful is quite an honor. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the hundreds of citizens who became early adopters of recycling, and the thousands of volunteer hours that so many gave to make recycling a reality in Kansas City,” said Councilman Jim Rowland, 4th District.

"We are honored to be recognized by Keep America Beautiful. The Keep America Beautiful national award reflects a commitment by our community to environmental excellence and the City’s positive strides to improve the livability of Kansas City neighborhoods," Mayor Kay Barnes said.

More than half of the city’s households have participated in recycling 19,000 tons of material since the program began being phased in across the city in March 2004. Prior to the implementation of KC Recycles, Kansas City residents recycled only 4 percent of their waste by using community recycling centers or private curbside collection services.

“Clearly, the KC Recycles program is not just working, it has achieved a level of success that is now being recognized by one of the nation’s leading environmental organizations,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said.

Keep America Beautiful is a national, non-profit, public education organization that was established in 1953 to encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their local community environments. For half a century, Keep America Beautiful has been the nation’s leading community improvement organization successfully implementing an effective, systematic strategy for reducing waste, preventing litter and beautifying communities nationwide.

For more information about KC Recycles, call Dee Ann Gregory, KC Recycles coordinator, (816) 513-3454, or visit

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