Our Mission

Working to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy, and community.

Bridging The Gap (BTG) works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by "connecting environment, economy and community," and is the premier organization in the area providing environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,500 volunteers annually. As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of donations to keep working. If you believe in our mission, please consider making an investment in BTG. Whether it's $5 through our Heritage monthly giving program or a one-time gift, we are extremely thankful!

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Our Programs

Bridging the Gap fulfills its mission through an extensive array of programs.

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And join the growing number of individuals invested in keeping KC's environment healthy and thriving for generations to come

Show your support through monthly giving

You have the power to protect the environmental heritage of neighborhoods all across the Kansas City region as a Heritage Partner. This special group invests in the future of our community with monthly donations to BTG. You may give as much or as little as you are able, which provides general services needed to support our work. We can all be part of a cleaner, healthier future. Thank you for your dedication!

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Metro North Recycling Center

Saturday August 19, 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Can you and a friend be our eco-heroes and volunteer for a few hours on Saturday, August 19? Help your community and the environment by volunteering at our Metro North Community Recycling Center, located at 8740 N Summit Street, Kansas City, 64155. This outdoor volunteer opportunity is great for students who want to stay busy during the summer or gain more experience. Volunteers assist the recycling center site manager with various duties, such as breaking down cardboard, assisting patrons, etc. Volunteers must register in advance. Contact Amy Smith at 816-561-1087 or email volunteer@bridgingthegap.org. We apologize that we are not able to offer or sign off on court-mandated community service or disciplinary service.

Metro North Recycling Center

bridging the gap by the numbers

  • achievement icon 400

    business-people educated on "green" practices a year

  • achievement icon 1,500

    volunteers educating the public and restoring the environment

  • achievement icon 1,281

    trees planted in the greater kansas city area last year

What's happening now

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – In That Order

  By: Grant Janssen In a recent presentation, Cassandra Ford, BTG’s Business Recycling Program Manager, spoke to a group of representatives for a hotel chain, which includes Kansas City’s Westin Hotel at Crown Center.  One of the slides included a waste hierarchy graphic, which shows a set of priorities for the efficient use of resources.  This … Continued

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Volunteer: Zero Waste Festival

Volunteers Wanted! Who loves recycling, voting and music?!  Bridging The Gap is proud to partner with Northland Progress’ In for Ten Voting Rights Festival.  Volunteers will help us reach our goal of making this a zero waste-to-landfill festival! Date:  Saturday, August 26 Two shifts: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Sign Up 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm … Continued

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No ifs, ands or butts:

Put out your cigarettes, then put ’em in the trash! According to the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), a Keep America Beautiful Initiative, cigarette butts are still the most littered item in the US despite the steep decline in smoking rates in recent decades. One problem the CLPP found is that many smokers don’t think of cigarettes … Continued

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    Paint your house, but not our streams and rivers! It’s that time of year to put a fresh coat of paint on your house, but there are dangerous materials in both any old paint that needs to be scraped off and the new paint that will go on. Whether you’re hiring professionals to … Continued

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Fall TreeKeeper Course in Shawnee, Kansas

Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) is offering a fall TreeKeepers course in Shawnee Kansas! TreeKeepers is a hands-on educational course for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of trees or to become more involved in the community. These courses are great for gardeners, City employees, landscape providers, Master Gardeners, students and retirees. All sessions will be … Continued

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