Osage City Kiwanis Club continues its kindness to Mother Earth

Longtime program recycles newspapers, magazines, miscellaneous papers

The Osage City Kiwanis has had a continuous paper recycling project for many years that originally involved only a last Saturday of the month paper pickup around the city. That service has been discontinued.

As a replacement for the Saturday service, Kiwanis maintains two recycle bins located at the city’s recycle center at Ninth and Main streets, at the city’s maintenance building.

Additional pick-ups are made at other locations as needed. Also, at USD 420 schools, the Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids collect papers from their respective schools on the last Friday of each month which Kiwanis picks up.

The club’s recycling project has become a weekly activity in conjunction with the city’s recycle program. The city began a recycling project of its own by providing bins for miscellaneous recycle items, located near the maintenance building. Kiwanis has two of these bins for miscellaneous papers, magazines and shredded paper, and is responsible for emptying these bins at 7:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays.

The bins are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. On average, Kiwanis collects 60-80 tons of recycled miscellaneous paper each year.

People are encouraged to use these two bins for miscellaneous papers and magazines, which doesn’t include hard backed books and/or books with wire or plastic bindings unless detached from their covers or bindings before being put in the bins.

Other recycle items such as plastic goods, cardboard, glass, metal should be placed in their respective bins. Used paper products such as soiled tissues and paper napkins are also not included.

Shredded paper should be placed in a container such as a plastic bag that can be tied at the top. Papers and magazines may be put in paper sacks, bundled in twine or plastic bags or loosely placed in the bins.

Information thanks to Dave Azwell.

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