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KC Recycles expands plastic recycling

The City of Kansas City, Mo., KC Recycles program has expanded the type of plastic containers accepted curbside for recycling to include types No. 1 through No.7. All plastic containers must have been used for common consumer goods such as drinks, yogurt, margarine, icing, catsup, mustard, dish soap or laundry detergent.

KC Recycles will not accept plastic containers used for commercial or medical purposes, household hazardous materials, medicine and pills. Plastic items other than containers are not accepted. To help identify if a plastic container is eligible for collection, residents should look for the identification number enclosed in the chasing-arrow recycling symbol on the bottom of the container.

“To create a sustainable recycling program, recycled goods must be processed and shipped to market at a cost that is economically viable,” said Michael Shaw, manager of the Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department. “With the identification of a strong market for No. 3 through No. 7 plastics residents can increase recycling to divert trash from local landfills.”

KC Recycles diverts 19,000 tons of waste from local landfills through curbside collection and drop-off site programs.

For more information about KC Recycles, visit or call the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center (City Manager's Office), 311 or (816) 513-1313.

Media inquiries about KC Recycles and the City’s Solid Waste Division should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2659.

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