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Olathe sets new record for waste diversion in 2017

Post Date:01/30/2018 3:35 PM

2017 has been another record breaking year for Olathe residential waste, with over 32,000 tons of trash diverted from the landfill. Olathe residents diverted 45.27 percent of waste from landfills in 2017, up from 44.60 percent in 2016. The national average is 34 percent.

“We know that Olathe residents are committed to recycling, and these numbers show that," said Public Works Director Mary Jaeger. "With more waste diverted from landfills this year, we know that we are making a positive impact on the environment."

Solid Waste Manager Kent Seyfried agreed. “With two major storms that went through Olathe this past year, yard waste recycling helped increase our waste diversion significantly."

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. Visit OlatheKS.org/Recycling to learn more about Olathe recycling.

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