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111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Great Backyard Bird Count happening Feb. 13
February 9, 2016

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a free public birding event, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

It will mark the ninth year the local nature center is participating in the nationwide bird count, which is now in its 19th year.

The bird count will take place in Wildlife Viewing Room at the nature center. Participants can learn about birds which spend their winters in northeast Kansas from experienced birders with the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City. Likely candidates for viewing at the nature center include northern cardinals, black-capped chickadees, American goldfinches, red-tailed hawks, and more. No reservations or registration is required for participation.

The GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada learn more about how the birds are doing, and how to protect them. Last year, participants from more than 100 countries turned in more than 147,296 checklists. Altogether, bird watchers identified 5,090 species, including 671 species in the United States.

More information on the international count can be found at birdcount.org. For more information on the local event contact the nature center at 913-764-7759.

The nature center also continues to seek donations of supplies for both the animals kept at the center and the wild animals which come to the feeders. Among the items being sought are: bags of safflower or black oil sunflower seeds (no mixes, please); suet cakes and dried seed corn on the cob; and rolls of 1/4 inch & 3/8 inch sisal rope for the owl perches.

FAQs: What goes in the recycling bin?
February 8, 2016

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is continually fielding questions about recycling. Here are answers to some of the most common questions asked! 

Q: What can I recycle in my curbside bin?

A: Recycle all empty plastic bottles and containers, cans, paper and cardboard.

Q: Why can’t plastic bags go in the curbside recycling bin?

A: Thin, flimsy plastics such as plastic grocery bags, bread bags and films are not compatible with the machines that sort recyclables at the processing facility. Many grocery stores will collect plastic bags at their entrance for recycling.

Q: Should I leave the lids on or off?

A: Leave the lids on. This is a new trend in the recycling industry. It used to be lids off, now they can be left on. Be sure to empty all the liquids before recycling.

Q: What about Styrofoam; it displays the #6 with the recycling symbol?

A: Styrofoam should be thrown in the trash. While it is a foam made from plastic, it is mostly air and has no recyclable market value.

Q: Where can I recycle my glass?

A: Glass is not accepted in your regular curbside program, however, it can be dropped off at a purple Ripple Glass bin or you can contract with one of several companies that pick up curbside.

Q: What about my pizza box?

A: Pizza boxes are recyclable, food is not. Remove all the food and greasy spots and recycle the rest. If the bottom of the box is covered in grease and cheese you can tear off the top of the box and recycle it.

Q: Can box cartons such as juice, soy and dairy be recycled?

A: YES! Cartons are now accepted curbside for recycling. No juice pouches at this time. Make sure cartons are empty before recycling.

Q: How clean does a container need to be before recycling it?

A: Containers should be rinsed and empty. They do not need to be thoroughly washed. Sticky items such as peanut butter jars just need to be wiped out to be “clean enough”.

Q: Can egg cartons be recycled?

A: There are three different types of egg cartons: Plastic can be recycled. Styrofoam should go in the trash. Paperboard is also unrecyclable but is great in a compost pile. Many farmers at your local farmers markets will accept your egg cartons for reuse.

Q: How are the comingled recyclables collected curbside separated out for recycling?

A: A combination of machines and employees sort all of the materials collected for recycling into metal, plastic, paper and cardboard. Johnson County has a great five minute video that follows the trail of your recyclables from the curb to the processing facility. Watch it at www.jocogov.org.

Healthy snacks for the Big Game
February 5, 2016

Watching the Big Game on Sunday? Snacks and football go hand in hand, but you can make some nutritious choices for you and your guests. We invite you to take a look at these healthy game day tips provided by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension.

BOCC recognizes Certified Green Partners
February 4, 2016

During this morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, seven businesses (listed below) that are leading the way in waste diversion and sustainability in Johnson County were recognized as the first class of Certified Green Partners.

Lifted Logic, a digital creative agency, has woven sustainability into their company culture, from responsible waste management and incorporating energy efficiency when remodeling their building, to their strong support of the electric car industry; they are one of the newest host of a KCP&L electric charging station.

The Land Source, the metro’s largest land broker, remodeled a building on Johnson Drive incorporating raw wood and reclaimed barn wood, adding LED lighting and high-efficiency mechanical systems. They have a full kitchen with energy star appliances, which allows preparation of healthier meals.    

MARCK Recycling is a full-service recycling company whose sales reps are also waste management consultants. They offer customized, convenient recycling options to their customers. If a sustainable recycling option is unavailable, material may be sent to be used as alternative fuel as opposed to landfilled.

Johnson County Community College’s award winning sustainability practices include a comprehensive waste management system, water conservation initiatives, high-efficiency energy projects, and all new construction is LEED certified. They have diverted nearly 50 percent of all waste from the landfill, and use an in-vessel composter onsite which is then used as soil amendment on their 2.5 acre campus farm. 

The Downtown Overland Park Partnership is leading a green initiative for the nearly 300 locally owned and operated businesses in Downtown Overland Park. They have reduced their environmental impact by eliminating disposable products, increasing recycling efforts, and adopting green cleaning practices. They are encouraging others in the Downtown Overland Park district to take action as well.

Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade retailer in Downtown Overland Park, cultivates environmental stewardship as a core part of their mission. They have found creative ways to reduce, repurpose, reclaim, and recycle everything possible. Their dedicated staff and volunteers promote responsible use of resources and educate about fair trade artisans and farmers, their cultures, and the opportunities and challenges they face.

Go Green Granite, a family owned business in Olathe, has kept 5 Million pounds of granite out of the landfill in the last 4 years. They take waste granite from other local fabricators and repurpose it into stylish, unique indoor and outdoor products. 

Join the growing list of companies in Johnson County who are leading the way in sustainability. Click here to learn more or to receive a free consultation call or email Sadie Gardner at 913-715-6923.

Mark your calendar for 50 Plus events
February 3, 2016

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District 50 Plus program is one of the area's leading provider of recreation, leisure and travel activities for active adults. There are several events coming up in the next few weeks. Click on a link below for more details and registration information.

The upcoming 50 Plus Travel program trips that will be previewed during the Feb. 9 travel show include:

Extended Trips

Regional Travel

  • September 28-30, 2016 – Arkansas Adventures (featuring Crystal Bridges)
  • April, 2017 – American Icons (Hannibal, Mo., and Springfield, Ill.)

Have fun!

Honor the start of Black History Month with some JoCo history
February 1, 2016

Black History Month begins today, and Johnson County history contains some threads woven into the tapestry of fights for freedom and quality through the centuries. This blog post from the Johnson County Museum explores a section of Johnson County that became home to slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation.

In more recent history, Johnson County was the site of a ground-breaking desegregation case that occured five years before Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. We invite you to read more about that in the latest JoCo Magazine or at this link.