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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 26, 2004

Residents urged to check mail for free recycling bin coupons

Kansas City residents who live in the neighborhoods in the fourth and final phase of the City’s curbside recycling program are being asked to check their mail carefully for recycling information packets beginning Oct. 30.

The recycling program will begin in December for these residents. In general, the areas that start in December are the northernmost, southernmost and easternmost areas, and much of the urban core.

Recycling information packets will be mailed to 43,000 households Oct. 29. The packet includes a booklet explaining the program, a calendar showing alternating red and gold collection weeks, a letter from Mayor Kay Barnes, and a coupon for a free recycling bin which can be redeemed at select Westlake Ace Hardware and Price Chopper stores.

Earlier in the year, some residents reported they discarded the packets without opening them because they were addressed to “resident.” The words “free bin coupon included” are printed in blue ink on the front of the envelopes.

“It’s important for residents to check their mail when the coupons are mailed out,” said Scott Cahail, deputy director of the Department of Environmental Management.

“In order for recyclables to be collected at the curb, they must be in blue City recycling bins. The bins signal the collection crews that they need to stop,” Cahail added.

Additional recyclables can be placed in other plastic tubs or cardboard boxes next to the blue bins. However, recyclables should not be placed in plastic bags.

“It’s exciting to expand the program to include the entire city,” said John Stufflebean, director of the Department of Environmental Management.

The Department of Environmental Management reports that about 1.6 million pounds of recyclables are being collected monthly. The amount collected continues to increase as people learn how to maximize their recycling efforts. The amount of trash collected has decreased by 27 percent in the two-thirds of the city where residents are participating in this curbside recycling program.

Recyclables are collected every other week on the regular trash day. Information about recycling and other waste management services can be found at www.kcmo.org/RecycleFIRST and by calling the Department of Environmental Management’s customer service representatives, (816) 513-3490.

    
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