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The R5 Certified Program is a voluntary and non-regulatory program that provides free education and technical assistance on a variety of environmental issues to businesses, schools, and places of worship in Johnson County. The primary goals of this program are to increase recycling, improve energy efficiency, and decrease waste, and ultimately save your organization money and resources.

Your organization may be eligible for up to $500 in materials to support your waste diversion projects. Funds are limited, contact Julie Davis to learn more: 913.715.6938

Five Steps to becoming R5 Certified:

  1. Get Started -- SIGN UP NOW!!
    We have a team of experienced waste reduction experts who will get you on the path to becoming R5 Certified. Find out what you can do to save money and resources. Fill out this form to sign up for our R5 Certified Program.

  2. Waste Walk-Through
    Schedule a FREE waste walk-through with our expert team. This is a non-invasive facility tour where our staff will ask questions about your current practices and identify areas for recycling, efficiency, and cost savings.

  3. Implement Recommendations: Following your Waste Walk-Through, our team will provide you with resources and recommendations for greening your business. You can then select recommendations that work for you; implement and save. We will be there to help you along the way.

  4. Track Savings
    We highly recommend that you track before and after records of strategies that you implement so you can see the difference your efforts are making. You can also brag about the savings to your coworkers and customers.

  5. Get Certified!
    Become R5 Certified: By meeting minimum qualifications you will receive public recognition, a certificate and decal to display at your business. You will also be recognized at our annual R5 Certified Reception. Not to mention the reduction in waste, disposal costs, increased efficiency, and hopefully cost savings you will experience along the way.

Take a look at the R5 Certified Application: For more information contact Julie Davis at 913.715.6938

In order to maintain certification, you must continue to comply with the core criteria and complete at least one new elective criterion from each category every year. Johnson County staff will follow-up annually to ensure that they continue to meet the certification criteria, to encourage further improvement, and to lend assistance in overcoming technical issues and challenges.


R5 Certified Partners

Johnson County Government awarded 48 entities for outstanding environmental achievements related to waste diversion, recycling, composting, purchasing sustainably, and more. Awardees met criteria in the following R5 categories:

  1. REinvest in their company, community, economy and future.
  2. REthink their business process, how they manage resources and purchasing power.
  3. REduce consumption, waste and their environmental impact.
  4. REuse products and consciously buy reusables.
  5. REcycle as a last resort and buy recycled products to support a closed-loop system.

Of the 48, there are 9 businesses, 4 non-profits, 33 schools in the Shawnee Mission School District, and 2 schools in the Blue Valley School District.


SealGreen ReUse Concrete Sealing

Tradewind Energy, Inc.

Unity Church of Overland Park

Vestcom New Century



Craig Sole Designs, Inc.

Freightview, LLC

Hair Lovin’

InterUrban ArtHouse

L'Arche Green Express 

nexus IT group, Inc.

Unique Finds Gifts

The Upper Crust Pie Bakery


Shawnee Mission East High School

Shawnee Mission North High School

Shawnee Mission South High School

Shawnee Mission West High School

Indian Hills Middle School

Indian Woods Middle School

Westridge Middle School

Apache Innovation School

Belinder Elementary School

Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School

Briarwood Elementary School

Brookridge Elementary School

Brookwood Elementary School

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School

Comanche Elementary School

Corinth Elementary School

Crestview Elementary School

Highlands Elementary School

John Diemer Elementary School

Mill Creek Elementary School

Nieman Elementary School

Oak Park-Carpenter Elementary School

Overland Park Elementary School

Pawnee Elementary School

Prairie Elementary School

Ray Marsh Elementary School

Rhein Bennginghoven Elementary School

Rising Star Elementary School

Rosehill Elementary School

Sunflower Elementary School

Tomahawk Elementary School

Trailwood Elementary School

Westwood View Elementary School


Mission Trail Elementary School

Timber Creek Elementary School


Downtown Overland Park Partnership

Go Green Granite

Johnson County Community College

The Land Source

Lifted Logic

MARCK Recycling

Ten Thousand Villages


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Whether you're a restaurant or school, retail or a manufacturer we can help you Green your business. Can recycling work for you, are you interested in zero waste, or how to start a Green Team; no matter your starting point we can help your business or organization achieve your goals and be recognized as a R5 Certified Partner. 


Contact Info
Business Info
Address or location of your business or organization
Facility Info
Goals and Practices
What goals do you want to achieve i.e. recycling, composting, zero waste, etc.
Please tell us if you currently have a recycling or waste reduction program. And if so what are your current practices.

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