Solid Waste Diversion Sets Record High In 2016
Olathe residential waste diversion continues to increase year to year, and 2016 was no exception. “We are so proud of Olathe residents and their continued commitment to recycling. These efforts contribute to a cleaner environment by diverting waste from landfills,” said Public Works Director Mary Jaeger.
In 2016, residents diverted 44.60 percent of waste from the landfill. This number is up from 43.88 percent in 2015, and 41.10 percent in 2014. The national average is 34 percent. “Because of these numbers, we can keep our trash and recycling rates at a competitive rate for our residents,” Jaeger said.
“These numbers are particularly compelling because Olathe acquired close to 500 additional households in 2016, but generated 77.03 tons less residential trash compared to 2015,” said Solid Waste Manager Kent Seyfried.
Olathe has a single stream recycling system, meaning most recyclable materials can be stored in the same container for curbside pick-up. Olathe partners with Ripple Glass for glass recycling at three drop-off sites. To learn more about Olathe recycling, visit OlatheKS.org/Recycling.