John G. McGrath — The Hale Center for Journalism
The city of Lee’s Summit is celebrating Earth Day ten days early on April 12 with the event “Recycling Fest.” The event will be held at the City Hall parking lot at 220 SE Green Street. Residents can bring in their recyclable products from 9 a.m. to noon.
In the past, Lee’s Summit has held separate events such as paper shredding and bicycle and athletic shoe collections. This year, the city decided to combine all these into one big event in celebration of Earth Day.
Some items, such as carpet and electronics, will not be collected at this event, but can be taken to the the city’s Resource Recovery Park, located at 2101 SE Hamblen Rd. in Lee’s Summit.
On the day of the event, there will be two paper shredding trucks located in the parking lot. Resident are asked to park in the parking garage next door and take their materials over to the parking lot where all the bins are laid out for the acceptable items.
Most of the items are recycled locally. Kara Taylor, environmental program coordinator, said that each material goes to a separate vendor.
“Crayons go to Crazy Crayons recycling program. We mail those off, and they melt them down and recycle them,” she said. All of our end users are either reusing or recycling the materials.”
The city will hold the event again in celebration of America Recycles Day on Oct. 11.
Look here for a list of acceptable items.