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Environmental Division

Phone: 913-715-6900

11811 S. Sunset Drive STE 2700, Olathe, KS 66061

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Electronic Recycling



 Electronic Recycling

Our 2016 Saturday collection events are done for the year. Johnson County will be accepting electronics waste during our monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Saturday Collection Events starting again in 2017 on the 2nd Saturday of the month beginning March 11, 2017 through November 14, 2017. Drop-offs are by appointment only. Schedule your appointment online or call (913) 715-6907. The company we use to collect the elctronics is MRC Recycling. Cash or Check Only, no CC. 

  • CRT TV's 26" or less = $30.00 & 27" or greater= $50.00 (This includes console TV's, true big screen TV's, and projection TV's)
  • Flat screen TV pricing : All sizes of LED, LCD, and Plasma= $10.00
  • Freon containing items= $10.00 (This includes freezers, refrigerators, AC units, dehumidifiers, etc.)
  • CRT computer monitors= $5.00 each unless a CPU is also dropped off at the same time.
  • LCD Computer monitors are FREE

Electronic Recycling Drop-Off Locations

There are several locations in Johnson County that accept electronic waste including old computers, TVs, stereos, or nearly anything with a cord. 

The Overland Park Recycling Center is currently accepting non-TV tube electronics. There is no charge for this service.

The City of Olathe accepts electronic waste free of charge from Johnson County residents at their Household Hazardous Waste Facility. By appointment only.

Goodwill Stores will accept all electronics that are still functioning. Use the Goodwill Locator to find a store near you.

Here are links to recycling information from major retailers and recycling organizations:

MRC Recycling
MRC Recycling is a fully certified electronic waste recycler. They accept residential drop-offs at their Kansas City and Independence locations. Fees apply for certain items. 

Surplus Exchange
The Surplus Exchange has been recycling electronics for 25 years. They take e-waste from the public. They also will pickup e-waste from businesses. Charges do apply to some items. They are located in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.

Best Buy
Best Buy will recycle most electronic items for no fee, regardless of where it twas purchased. Check out their website for a complete list of accepted items.

Office Depot
Recycle your electronics with Office Depot's Tech Recycling Program. Bring your items to a conveniently located Office Depot and an associate will help you box up your electronics, a small fee ($5-15) will apply.

Customers can recycle e–waste by simply bringing their used electronics to any U.S. Staples store. All brands are accepted, regardless of whether or not the equipment was purchased at Staples. A recycling fee of $10 per piece of large equipment is charged to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and speakers are accepted at no charge.

RecycleSpot is an easy-to-use, comprehensive list of recycling and reuse services, including those that accept electronics and electronic media, in Greater Kansas City.

Sell It!

uSell is a website where you can find a buyer for your cell phone. You can also sell MP3 players, game consoles, e-readers, tablets, and cameras. Buyers have been screened and the offers are consolidated making it easy for you to find the best offer. Try it out now!

Electronic Waste Resources

The Electronics Recycling Superguide (from PC Magazine)

National Center for Electronics Recycling

In The Bin

Your source for what can and can't go in your recycling bin and how you can recycle more

Are you confused about what can go in the bin? Ask Greta or check out more information below. We are also available to talk with your homeowner association or community group.

Featured Questions

Item In The Bin

Why can't Styrofoam go in the recycle bin?



Plastic bottle caps on or off?

bottle caps


How clean does it need to be?

peanut butter jar


What can I do with glass?

glass bottles and jars



What can & can't go in my recycle bin and how can I recycle more

Item Accepted in your curbside recycle bin More Info

Plastic Bottles & Containers

plastic bottles for recycling

Yes Recycle empty plastics such as bottles, jars, jugs, and tubs. Keep your plastic bottle caps on, they can be recycled too. Containers containing syringes or sharpes are not allowed in your recycle bin and belong in the trash.

Paper, Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard

paper and cardboard


Yes Recycle paper, newspapers, junk mail, and magazines. Flatten and recycle all cardboard and paperboard. No receipts.

Food & Beverage Cans

cans for recycling

Yes Recycle all empty tin, aluminum, and steel cans.



Yes Empty cartons are now accepted in your curbside recycle bin. Juice pouches are not accepted at this time. To find out more information on carton recycling in your area check out the Carton Council.

Pizza boxes (without food and grease)

pizza box

Yes, if there is no grease or food Clean pizza boxes without food or grease are accepted in your curbside recycle bin. If your pizza box has food waste on it tear off the top for recycling and throw the rest in the trash.

Egg cartons

plastic egg carton

Yes, only plastic egg cartons Plastic egg cartons that are clean can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin. Paper and Styrofoam egg cartons are not recyclable and need to be disposed of in the trash.


bottles and jars

No, but they can be recycled Glass bottles and jars are not accepted in your curbside recycle bin, but there are many options for recycling your glass. Ripple Glass operates the purple community recycle bins seen throughout Kansas City. There are also several companies that provide curbside glass pickup, including: Atlas Glass, KC Curbside Glass, and Glass Bandit.

Plastic bags

plastic bags

No, but they can be recycled Plastic bags, food storage bags, newspaper and dry cleaning bags, and product wraps are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin. However, they are recyclable and can be returned to several area grocery stores. For more info on recycling options in your area go to Plastic Film Recycling.org

Packing materials, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts

packing materials and bubble wrap

No, but they can be recycled Packing materials, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin but they are recyclable. Several area stores will accept these items if they are usable. Plastic packing materials and bubble wraps can also be recycled at participating Bridging The Gap recycling centers. 

Shredded paper

shredded paper

No, but it can be recycled Shredded paper is not accepted in your curbside recycling bin, because it can blow around and is not easily processed in a recycling facility. However, you can recycle shredded paper with a number of area businesses who provided shredded paper disposal. For these options check out Recycle Spot.

Aluminum foil

aluminum foil

No, but it can be recycled Aluminum foil is not accepted in your curbside recycle bin. For community recycling centers in your area that may accept aluminum foil check out RecycleSpot.



No, but they can be recycled If the mattress is still usable donate it to Sleepyhead Beds, they provide usable mattesses to kids and families who are in need. If your mattress is no longer usable, recycle it with Avenue of Life, who use recycling to create jobs for individuals with barriers to employment.



No, but they can be recycled Electronics should not be put in the trash; there are several options available for recycling your old electronics. Johnson County Government accepts electronics at the Household Hazardous Waste site during our 2nd Saturday Events which run from March thorugh November. RecycleSpot is a great resource for finding the closest location to recycle near you. The City of Overland Park recycling center and the City of Olathe HHW facility also accept certain electronics.  

Textiles and clothes

used clothes

No, but they can be recycled While not accepted in your curbside recycle bin, textiles and clothes can still be recycled. If these items can't be donated at any number of locations including Goodwill. For locations where you can recycle unusable textiles near you, check out Recycle Spot.

Plastic utensils, plates and straws
plastic utensils

No Plastic utensils, plates, and straws are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin. These items are made of a low-grade plastic and belong in the trash after use. Compostable utensils and cups can be composted through composting operations such as Missouri Organic Recycling but they do not decompose in backyard compost bins.

Food wrappers

food wrappers

No Food wrappers such as chip bags, candy wrappers, ketchup packets, etc. are not recyclable in your curbside recycling bin and belong in the trash. These items are often made of a combination of materials which make it difficult to separate for recycling. 

Single serve coffee cups & plastic lids

coffee cup

No Paper coffee cups often have a plastic or waxed coating that does not break down during the recycling process at paper mills. The plastic lids used on these type of coffee cups are also not recyclable in your curbside bin, even though they have a recycling symbol on them. 



No K-cups and other similar single serve cups are not recyclable due to the combination of materials they are made from. These items should be disposed of in the trash.

Paper napkins, towels and tissues

paper towells

No Paper towels, napkins, and tissues are not accepted in your curbside recycle bin and belong in the trash. Consider using cloth napkins and towels for a waste-free alternative.

Paper plates and cups

paper plates

No Paper plates and cups are coated in a plastic or wax material that will not break down during the recycling process, and are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin. Consider using reusable plates and cups as a waste-free option.

In the Classroom

Trashology 101: Waste Reduction for Grades 3-5

The Health and Environment Department has created an educational curriculum on waste management called Trashology 101. The new curriculum is targeted to students in grades 3-5 (ages 8-11) and their teachers, families, youth-serving organizations such as scout groups, recreational clubs, and faith-based organizations.

Through Trashology 101, young people will learn how they are connected to the environment, how solid waste management impacts the environment, and how they can personally make a positive impact in their school, home and community.

Download Trashology 101
Lesson Plan
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4

Trash Talk and Recycling Road Show Presentations

Is your group or club ready to jump into recycling and learn more about reducing waste? The Environment Divison staff are available to give presentations on the exciting world of waste, recycling and composting. We can talk to your city, community group, church, classroom, neighborhood association, business green team, or any other type of group. Keep in mind you need to allow for at least 20 - 60 minutes for our talk. 

Kansas Green Schools

The Kansas Green Schools Program provides educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental interrelationships that impact public health and our society, and that promote responsible environmental stewardship practices.

Their goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of air and water quality, climate change, energy, reduction and recycling of solid waste, and wildlife habitat.

Grants are available annually for green projects.


recycling in apartmentThere are many multi-housing complexes, such as apartments, condominiums, and dormitories, that have a recycling program in place. If your complex is not one of those, please consider starting a campaign to bring convenient recycling to you and your neighbors or tenants.

There could be viable reasons why your complex doesn't already have a program. Space for recycle bins could be hard to find and access for trucks picking up the recyclables might be difficult.  Getting other people to use the program can also be time-consuming and frustrating. However, the benefits of  a recycling program can provide motivation to overcome these obstacles.

Here are some tips to help you start a successful recycling program.

Get Support

Ask your neighbors or tenants if recycling is important to them. Enlist everyone that responds positively into your campaign for help. While it is true that one person can make a difference, numbers can make the job easier.

Figure the Cost Benefits

Money is always a huge motivator. You can use that to your advantage. Removing recyclable items from the trash means less trash and fewer pickups. Look up your garbage and recycling rates and talk to your waste management or recycling company about how much money a recycling program could save your complex. A good place to start is a co-mingled program for multi-housing complexes. Management will be more likely to invest in the upfront costs, such as enlarging trash enclosures, posting additional signage, and dedicating staff time for tenant education, if they can see the savings in the long run.

Audit your Waste

Coming up with the cost savings is more precise if you can do an assessment of your complex's waste stream, which is the total amount of trash being thrown away and how much of it can be recycled.  Many recycling partners can aid customers in finding the maximum value  from their recycling streams.

Spread the Word

Once the recycling program is in place, help educate other residents. Use colorful posters to announce the new program. Distribute brochures describing how to separate recyclables from real trash and make sure everyone receives one. Post signs that remind residents to recycle.  Using humor and/or listing statistics can help draw attention to the signs and make people feel good about recycling. Place labeled bins in convenient areas, such as the mail area and the laundry room. Make sure the trash bins and the recycle bins are two different colors so that their purpose is clear.

Please contact us if you need any assistance.



JoCoRecycles: Recycling and Waste Reduction

frogRecycling is one of the easiest ways we can protect our environment. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump to put your recycling tub at the curb or take materials to a drop-off center. In Johnson County, we have worked very hard to increase our recycling rate from 23% to around the national recycling rate of 34%. But there is still a lot of work to do!! Challenge yourself, your neighbors, family and co-workers to beat the national recycling rate and make Johnson County a National leader in recycling and waste reduction.

Recycling at Work

Free Waste & Recycling Consulting 

We offer FREE waste assesment consulting services to any business or organization! Our expert staff are able to assist with setting up and improving recycling, composting and diversion programs. We have worked with dozens of schools, churches and businesses ranging from small to large. We would love to assist YOU! Are you ready to get started or learn more? Please fill out our simple online form and one of our consultants will be in touch with you right away. SIGN UP NOW!

Assistance Program - Recieve up to $500 worth of supplies

We are committed to supporting and promoting waste diversion programs such as reduction, recycling, composting, etc. Eligible partners include any commercial property such as schools, faith-based organizations, multi-family dwellings, and businesses of any size. Approved partners are eligible for up $500 worth of materials to start or enhance a waste diversion program. Partners must complete a waste assessment by county staff prior to requesting assistance. Partners will submit an application and each request will be evaluated and approved by staff. Approved assistance will be given on a first come, first served basis to partners based upon identified needs and recommendations by staff during the waste assessment. SIGN UP NOW!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Sadie Gardner or call 913-715-6923.

Green Business Toolkit

We have put together an informational toolkit for business interested in starting or improving their recycling programs. View the Green Business Toolkit

Get Recognized for your Recycling Efforts

Do you already have a great recycling, composting and/or waste diversion program? We would love to hear about it and reward you for your efforts! We have a Green Certification Program where you can get public recognition, media attention, a Green Partner Certificate and much more. LEARN MORE

Recycling Centers

There are more ways to recycle than just through a curbside collection program. You can take your materials to a community recycling drop-off center. There are several in the county:

Overland Park Recycling Drop-off Center
11921 Hardy (Just off 119th between Metcalf and Antioch)

Downtown Olathe Recycling Drop-off Center
Kansas Ave. and Poplar St. in the Farmer’s Market

East Olathe Recycling Drop-off
13600 S. Alden St. Near 135th and Black Bob in the NE corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot

West Olathe Recycling Drop-off
Parker and Santa Fe, north of the pharmacy drive-through in the Wal-Mart parking lot

Deffenbaugh Recycling Drop-off Center
I-435 and Holiday Drive at the Landfill entrance


recycle spot logoThe Mid-America Regional Council has a searchable database on their website for finding exactly where to take specific items. This site is for residents, businesses, schools, and contractors. It is searchable by material or city or county. It covers the Kansas City metropolitan area, both sides of the state line.  Visit RecycleSpot


Recycling in your City
Bonner Springs
Mission Hills
Mission Woods
Overland Park
Prairie Village
Roeland Park
Spring Hill


Yard Waste & Composting

Recycle your Lawn

Leave it all on the lawn. Not only do grass clippings and leaves help retain moisture, they also return up to 25% of the nutrients back into the soil. University research recommends that you mulch your leaves and grass clippings using a mulching mower. By "grass-cycling" properly your lawn will look great and you can save money on feritilizing.

  • Johnson County K-State Research and Extension recommmends mowing right over leaves with a mulching mower. Proper mulch mowing of leaves and grass clippings can save you time and help your lawn.
  • Mow your lawn frequently and with up to one inch of fallen leaves at a time. The finely chopped leaves filter into the soil and breakdown over the winter into compost.
  • Through mulch mowing in the fall, you can incorporate up to six inches of leaves into your lawn without concern.
  • Dumping leaves in the storm drains or near streams can block the flow of water, cause flooding, and contribute to water quality problems. It is illegal to put anything other than clean rainwater down a storm drain. 


Compost in your backyard! Turn your grass clippings, leaves, and kitchen scraps into usable compost. For more great tips and videos check out Johnson County K-State Research and Extension.

Yard Waste Drop-Off Locations

Drop off your yard wastte at these compositing facilities. No plastic bags allowed. See their websites for more specific details.

Suburban Lawn and Garden
139th and Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO
(816) 941-2438

Deffenbaugh Industries*
I-435 and Holiday Drive, Shawnee, KS
(913) 631-3300

*Deffenbaugh has a permitted composting facility for yard waste within the property of the landfill and yard waste must be separate from trash and in compostable bags.

Planet Marrs Recycling
2701 Roe Lane, Kansas City, KS (I-35 and Roe)
(913) 888-0539

City of Olathe Composting (FOR OLATHE RESIDENTS ONLY)
127th and Hedge Lane, Olathe, KS
(913) 971-9311

Curbside Pickup

Contract with your waste hauler to collect yard waste curbside for composting. View a list of licensed residential haulers.

More Info

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension are your expert resource for lawn and garden information. They can provide fact sheets, videos, and a gardening hotline to help you solve all your lawn and garden challenges. Visit www.johnson.k-state.edu and click on Lawn and Garden.

Upcoming Events

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November 2, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in Clinic Hours

November 9, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in Clinic Hours

November 9, 2016 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Solid Waste Management Committee Meeting

November 11, 2016 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed on Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2016)

November 16, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

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