Program Mission

Bridging The Gap is leading the fight against litter.

Our mission is to involve citizens, businesses and government in creating a cleaner and more beautiful Kansas City region. In May 2000, Bridging The Gap supported the formation of Keep Kansas City Beautiful (KKCB) as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful to record litter levels around the metro area and work with neighborhoods reducing litter. Even though KKCB is no longer active, Bridging The Gap is still committed to reducing litter in Kansas City and works with hundreds of volunteers annually on litter abatement projects.

Tool Lending Shed

Community organizers who are conducting their own neighborhood litter clean ups may borrow basic tools such as rakes, shovels, brooms, litter grabbers and more FREE of charge. Once you complete our online reservation form, your request will be processed, and a confirmation email will indicate the supplies available for you to check out. Click on the button to reserve your tools!

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Green Events

Make your next event GREEN! Our program helps you educate the public, save money by conserving resources, reduce landfill use and decrease event clean-up.

Our Green and Litter-Free Events program provides recycling bins for a nominal rental fee, bags and other resources to help you minimize waste at neighborhood events, community festivals, cultural gatherings, races and other outdoor events. Bins are only $3 to rent and bags are just $0.50.

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Litter Abatement FY 18-19 Accomplishments

  • Accomplishment Logo 10,409

    Pounds of litter collected; working with 232 volunteers!

  • Accomplishment Logo 15

    Number of watershed cleanups!

  • Accomplishment Logo 17

    Number of green events hosted.

  • Accomplishment Logo 610

    Number of hours volunteers spent cleaning up our city!

VOLUNTEER with us!

Join us in creating a clean and healthy community.

Do you love being outdoors and connecting with nature? Are you driven to improve your community and the environment? Come volunteer with us! Bridging The Gap not only educates the community about the environment, but also we engage people in taking action. Together, with our volunteers and program leaders, we do the physical work it takes to restore our restore our environment by planting trees, picking up litter, removing invasive species, and much more.

More than 1,800 people volunteer with BTG each year. Be part of the movement!

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