Kiwanis leads recycling efforts at Osage City

By Dave Azell

Over the last several years, the Osage City Kiwanis Club has operated a weekly miscellaneous paper recycling project in conjunction with the city’s recycling program. The city has provided the club with two bins for miscellaneous papers, magazines and shredded paper which are placed alongside the other city recycle bins at the maintenance yard, Ninth and Main streets. Kiwanis empties these bins twice a week on Monday and Friday mornings into a semi-trailer located in the maintenance yard.

Kiwanis has had a continuous paper recycling service project for many years which still functions, starting at 9 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month. Club members and other local volunteers collect papers, magazines and shredded paper that have been placed at curbside around the city and the surrounding area. As a reminder, 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.

On the last Friday of the month, the Kiwanis sponsored Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids at the USD 420 schools collect papers from their respective schools, which Kiwanis picks up. Also, additional pickups are made at other locations around the city and county as needed.

When the trailer is full, it is sent to the recycling company. Several shipments are made each year which amount, on average, to 60-80 tons of paper being recycled rather than going to the landfill. Paper recycling is also the major fundraising project for the club.

People are encouraged to use the two bins at the maintenance yard to recycle their various papers. Hardback books and books with wire or plastic bindings should be detached from their covers or bindings before being put into the bins. Used tissues and other “soiled” papers should not be put into the bins, nor should other items such as plastic goods, cardboard, glass, and metal.

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