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City launches new pedestrian recycling program

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department is making recycling easier by placing recycling PartnerBins on sidewalks with significant pedestrian traffic. The PartnerBins, which are part of the City’s continuing commitment to sustainability, provide receptacles for both regular trash and recyclable cans and plastic bottles.

The first 25 PartnerBins were installed early last week in the City Market, Crossroads area, Westport and the 18th and Vine Jazz District. If successful, the City plans to install PartnerBins throughout the city.

“This new program will give pedestrians the opportunity to dispose of recyclable cans and plastic bottles in an environmentally responsible way,” said Michael Shaw, manager of the Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department. “It highlights the City’s dedication to environmental sustainability and will make our streets cleaner.”

The name “PartnerBin” represents the concept that is created when organizations sponsor a bin and demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable community. The PartnerBins have a place on the exterior for a sponsor message. Proceeds from sponsorships are used to sustain the program without using funds that are committed to other solid waste programs.

The City is working with Prime Point Media, a firm that has successfully operated similar programs in other cities and on college campuses, to manage the sponsorship portion of the program. Organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Prime Point Media by calling (800) 980-0094.

Media inquiries about the program, and the City’s trash, recycling and solid waste services should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2659.

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