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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Tour the Goodwill Outlet Facility with GBN

Is your business maximizing its waste stream for resource recovery and cost savings? What recyclables are yielding the highest return on the materials market? How does process efficiency play a vital role in sustainable materials management? Explore these questions and more as we hear from local experts on sustainable waste management best practices for your … Continued

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Electronics Recycling Event

  Friday, July 28 from 9 am – 1 pm Sprint Center @ 1407 Grand Boulevard in front of the box office   Bring electronics (anything with a cord or battery) for recycling and your boxes of paper for secure shredding!  Fees apply for some electronics* and a $10 tax-deductible donation to Bridging The Gap … Continued

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Cleaning up dog poop in your yard needs to be done regularly or you will quickly have a toxic and dangerous minefield of feces. Dog feces can contain parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia. If left unattended, these parasites, bacteria, and viruses will contaminate the water, soil, and can infect both pets and humans. Especially vulnerable are … Continued

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It’s getting hot out there. Don’t forget to

Temperatures are rising in the Midwest and Kansas City is creeping into 90 degree days. You may be feeling sluggish at work, dreading the evening walk with Fido or more commonly, craving a cool glass of water. Well, you wouldn’t be the only thing feeling the effects of the heat, your trees are too! Watering … Continued

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Getting Around Greener: Part 6

About this series: As a BTG supporter, you understand that our transportation choices have tremendous ecological impacts, but you may not be aware of the latest innovations and improvements in your options. With this series, we hope to help you find new ways to both lower your individual impact now and move us all toward … Continued

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Don’t Move Firewood! The Spread of Emerald

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle originating from Asia. The beetle made its way to the U.S. in 2012 likely on solid wood packing crates shipped on cargo ships or planes. The beetle feeds on the leaves of ash trees and lays eggs on the bark. After hatching, the young immature larvae bores … Continued

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America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

By Guest Blogger, E. Hughes Pembroke Hill School Wind power generated in the United States has always been over land. That is, until the Block Island Wind Farm sprang up off the coast of Rhode Island and began operating last December. America’s first offshore wind farm, although made up of just five turbines, is generating … Continued

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Honoring Fred W. Hoffower

Honoring Fred W. Hoffower   Today we are honoring a member of our ‘tribe’ who has passed on.  Fred Hoffower was a longtime patron at our old Bannister Recycle Center, a volunteer and eventually a Bridging The Gap employee as a part-time fill in Recycling Center Manager. Fred’s infectious spirit and dedication to the environment … Continued

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Litter is a drag!

  Each year in America it is estimated that more than 165,000,000,000 (yes, that’s Billion!) cigarette butts end up as litter! 80% of butts on the ground find their way into our water systems and detract from the quality of our drinking water. Cigarette butts can leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic into … Continued

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Plant Native!

Storm water runoff is a huge problem for water quality across America – in fact, the EPA names it as our biggest threat to water quality. Native plants help solve this issue because they “grow deeper” than traditional plants, helping your yard to retain and filter water. Not only will you water less and save … Continued

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Current Political Climate and BTG

One of Bridging The Gap’s top funders came to us last week and asked if we would answer several questions regarding the current political climate in our country. They were polling all of their grantees to understand how their giving impacts non-profits, like BTG . So, several staffers got together and came up with the following … Continued

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Litter Clean-up Kits FREE to borrow from BTG

Groups seeking a ready-made opportunity to make a difference in the community can check-out a Litter Cleanup Kit. The kit includes everything needed to conduct a litter cleanup volunteer event, all tucked in a portable 5 gallon bucket. Each kit is designed for 4-6 volunteers and includes: safety vests, trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers, a … Continued

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Rigid Plastics Now Accepted at Deramus Recycling

KCMO’s Community Recycling Center located at 4707 Deramus Avenue now accepts RIGID PLASTICS for recycling. Make sure that buckets, tubs and jugs are empty; playsets and shelving are disassembled and metal components are removed from items (don’t worry about small screws). One final note, no pieces larger than 3’ by 5’ can be accepted. Acceptable items … Continued

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Getting Around Greener Part 5

About this series: As a BTG supporter, you understand that our transportation choices have tremendous ecological impacts, but you may not be aware of the latest innovations and improvements in your options. With this series, we hope to help you find new ways to both lower your individual impact now and move us all toward … Continued

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Tune up your car to tone down pollution!

  When your car is in good working order, you save money and you are preserving the water quality of our waterways. When cars leak radiator fluid, oil, or other petro-chemicals these toxins can build up over time on our streets and highways. After it rains, all the toxins are washed directly into our streams, … Continued

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