America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S.
This year in Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is hosting two local events:
- County residents can drop off and recycle any electronic item with a cord on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All items can be recycled for free except TVs ($20 each) and CRT monitors ($15 each).
The event will be held in the parking lot near the Overland Park Farmers Market pavilion. You can enter and exit from Marty Street, between 79th and 80th streets. As a courtesy, county staff and volunteers from L’Arche’s Green Express Program will be on-site to unload vehicles.
- Free document shredding is available at several downtown Overland Park businesses from Nov. 14 to Nov. 19. Residents can put confidential documents in locked, secure bins provided by ProShred. ProShred will pick up the bins and shred documents at their facility — and recycle the paper. Drop off locations include the Downtown Overland Park Partnership and Ten Thousand Villages, during their regular business hours.
“JCDHE is pleased to partner with so many great groups to celebrate America Recycles Day,” said Sadie Gardner, environmental health specialist for Johnson County. “The world has a growing problem in electronic waste. Because so much of it contains hazardous materials, it’s important to recycle it responsibly.”
Read the press release from JCDHE here.