April 2010

Congratulations to our 2010 Green Business Award Recipients

Fourteen Johnson County Businesses are being recognized for their ongoing or new "green" initiatives. Applicants were asked to describe their company's efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle and demonstrate their success. The County's Solid Waste Committee recognizes these winning companies and their awards are classified as Bronze, Gold or Ember.

Church of the Resurrection
ConEdison Solutions
Culinary Center of Kansas City
Farmers Insurance HelpPoint
Farmers Insurance Natnl Property Claims Fac.
Hostess Brands Corp.
ITW Dymon
LaserCycle, Inc.
Perceptive Software
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Starside Elementary
Tomahawk Elementary


Johnson County Offers Electronic Recycling

Currently only a small percentage of all electronic devices are being recycled. The Environmental Protection Agency estimated in 2007 there were roughly 235 million electronic units in storage in the US. Rapid advances in technology mean that electronic products are becoming obsolete more quickly. Some electronic waste contains hazardous constituents which should be diverted from the landfill whenever possible.

Since 2008 the Johnson Environmental Department has offered electronic recycling for residents. This year electronics will be accepted on the Second Saturday of each month from April through October. The material will be accepted by appointment only at the County's Household Hazardous Materials Collection Facility.

Residents can bring in their computers, monitors, televisions, printers, faxes etc. Most items are free to recycle; however, there will be a $10 charge for monitors and $15 for televisions. No large items such as refrigerators or air conditioners will be accepted. Recycling will be provided by Extreme Recycling, Inc. Extreme adheres to a zero landfill policy. All material received is disassembled down to the commodity level and remarketed to domestic vendors.

To make an appointment or to learn more about electronic recycling program please call 913-715-6900.


Plan Green and Litter Free Events

Spring is a time to emerge and gather with friends, family and neighbors at various events. There is a new opportunity to make your next event green: provide recycling and help divert cans, bottles, cardboard and other materials out of the landfill. Recycling at special events has never been easier.

Through the Green & Litter Free Events program, Keep Kansas City Beautiful and Johnson County Environmental Department will assist event coordinators by offering light weight, easy to transport recycling containers for rent, as well consultation and educational materials on how to plan and manage a sustainable event- even beyond recycling. The containers are available at the Overland Park Community Recycling Center at 119th and Hardy for your convenience.



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Johnson County
Sustainability Program
111 S. Cherry Street
Olathe | KS | 66061
PH: 913-715-1100
FX: 913-715-1130

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