Osage City Kiwanis Club establishes tradition of neighborhood recycling

By Dave Azwell

The Osage City Kiwanis has had a continuous paper and magazine recycling service project for many years. The club recycles miscellaneous types of papers, magazines and shredded paper from around the city and the surrounding area including the USD 420 schools. The Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids collect papers from their respective schools once a month which the Kiwanis Club picks up.

Historically, on the last Saturday of each month starting at 9 a.m., club members and other local volunteers have collected papers and magazines that have been placed at curbside. It is then loaded into a semi trailer located in the city’s maintenance yard.  Additional pick-ups are made during each month at various locations around the city and county. When the trailer is full, it is shipped to the recycler. Several shipments are made each year thanks to Jim Smith, who delivers the trailer loads to the recycle company. On average, 60 to 80 tons of miscellaneous papers and magazines and shredded paper are recycled each year.

Over the last several years, the city has been very helpful with the club’s recycling project, which is now a weekly activity in addition to the last Saturday of the month pick-up. The city began a recycling project of its own by providing bins for miscellaneous recycle items which are located near the maintenance building at Ninth and Main streets. Kiwanis has two of these bins for miscellaneous papers, magazines and shredded paper, and is responsible for emptying these bins on Monday and Friday mornings.

People are encouraged to use these two bins for miscellaneous papers, which doesn’t include paper products such as used tissues. Hardbacked books and books with wire or plastic bindings are acceptable, but should be detached from their covers or bindings before being put in the bins.

Other recycle items such as plastic goods, cardboard, glass, metal, etc., should be placed in their respective bins.

As a reminder for last-Saturday-of-the-month pick-ups, shredded paper should be placed in a closeable container such as a plastic bag. Other papers and magazines may be put in paper sacks, bundled in twine, boxed up or in plastic bags, and placed at curbside by 9 a.m.


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