Recycling

When Green Means Curbside Pickup: Supporting Kan

  By Ben Carpenter, HTA Program Associate   My little brother is getting married in July. I know, poor timing. If only he had considered the possibility of a global pandemic upsetting his years-long engagement. However, the show must go on, albeit from a distance. This is a situation in which a thoughtful gift from … Continued

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COMPOSTING FOR OUR FUTURE

By Ami Freeberg, Volunteer Program Manager This week, May 3-9, 2020, we celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, a global initiative to educate and inspire people about composting. I grew up composting in a big pile at the back of our large backyard garden – piling food scraps and grass clippings together to break down and … Continued

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How to Conduct Your Own Waste Audit

Cecilia Wilborn, Recycling Program Manager, shows us how to conduct our own waste audit at home! Now that you’re spending more time at home, you may be noticing your weekly collection of recycling and trash is increasing. Gather your family and work as a team to take part in a week-long household waste audit. The … Continued

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Earth week series – 5

The best time to plant a tree is now. The Arbor Day Foundation provides resources to individuals who are interested in doing so, including where to find free or low cost trees in your area and tips about how to plant your tree so it thrive. For those interested in fruit trees are another excellent … Continued

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Earth week series – 4

    By John Fish, Litter Abatement Program Coordinator and Recycling Center Manager There’s no getting around the fact that our lives have been upended by this pandemic. We had forgotten just how much havoc something unseeable with the naked eye can cause.  Although much of our ordinary life has been suspended by the need … Continued

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Earth week series – 3

    Each of us generate waste through practically everything we do, at an average rate of 4.51 pounds per day, according to the EPA (2017). Through the three R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle, that number can be greatly reduced.  Today we challenge you to think of ways you can reduce and reuse BEFORE you … Continued

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Earth Week Series – 2

    By James Joerke, Associate Executive Director With many of us spending more time at home these days, it’s the perfect time to take action to make your home more energy efficient. These simple steps will make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills. Install a programmable thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat … Continued

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Earth Week Series – 1

    Quarantine isolation leaves many people feeling trapped inside, not able to enjoy nature as regularly as one may desire.  However, the benefits of walking outside every day are proven to help keep you healthy. Your mood will improve. You’ll feel more creative. You’ll lower your risk of lung cancer. Your skin will look … Continued

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Hard to recycle collection event Nov. 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2019 City of Kansas City, MissouriLooking to clear out your basement or storage area? Just buy a new mattress and don’t know what to do with the old one? Have a few old tires in your garage? If you live in Kansas City, Missouri, here is your chance to properly … Continued

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Drawdown

By Kristin Riott Executive Director, Bridging The Gap   If you, like me, have been worried about climate change for a long time, the publication of the book Drawdown is a deep draught of water during a long walk through the desert:  you can go on with renewed hope and vigor.  Drawdown, edited by leading … Continued

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Recycling Volunteers Needed!

Ongoing, Wednesday through Saturday   Red Bridge Recycling Center 5200 E. Red Bridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137 in the KCATA Park-and-Ride commuter parking lot All volunteers must register in advance! Call/text Ami at 816-561-1062 or email, mentioning your preferred date/time.   Shifts: recommended Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday shift is 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Recommended Saturday shifts … Continued

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Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Lunch

On January 17, 2019 Bridging The Gap honored our volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon held at the Kauffman Conference Center. This event was a rare and unique opportunity to gather BTG volunteers across all programs into one room, thanks to a volunteer appreciation grant from Cargill Cares!  The lunch was sold-out, with more than … Continued

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Post-Holiday Recycling Center Volunteers Wanted

Red Bridge Recycling Center Saturday, December 29 and January 5 Two shifts: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM or 1:00 – 5:00 PM   Ho Ho Whoa! That’s a lot of holiday packaging! Help us manage the influx of post-holiday waste! Grab your family, and volunteer outside with us at the Red Bridge Community Recycling Center.  Also, … Continued

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Johnson County Dives into What You Are Recyclin

In celebration of America Recycles Day, which occurs every November 15, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) in conjunction with Waste Management and Bridging the Gap (BTG) conducted an in-depth sort at the recycling facility. The goal of the sort was to look at what materials residents are putting in their recycling bins that can … Continued

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Last Call! Volunteer at Metro North Site

Metro North Recycling Center Limited Opportunity – Site Closing October 13th! Saturdays, October 6 and 13 Two Shifts to Choose From The last date to volunteer at this site is Saturday, October 13. Click here for more info about the relocation status. Are you passionate about recycling? Help your community and the environment by volunteering … 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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Recycling Center Volunteer Opportunity!

Flexible Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity! Help your community and the environment by volunteering at one of our community recycling centers! Recycling preserves forests; keeps oil, natural gas, and minerals in the ground; and prevents air and water pollution.  This is an excellent opportunity for students earning service-learning credit, employees who get Volunteer Time Off compensation, retired … Continued

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Green Event Volunteers: KC Convention Center

Flexible Dates: Wed, June 20 – Sun, June 24 Green Event Volunteer Kansas City Convention Center 301 W 13th Street Kansas City, MO 64105 Volunteer alongside Bridging The Gap staff to help make the Unitarian Universalist Convention a Green Event!  Special events, like concerts and conventions, generate on average one pound of waste per person … Continued

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