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Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County
Announces Free Events for Residents of Shawnee County, Great American Cleanup Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

In recognition of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup, and in celebration of Earth Day the following services will be offered to residents of Shawnee County, free of charge (except where noted) on Saturday, May 3.

Saturday, May 3–Earth Day Events

Rolling Meadows Recycling and Disposal Facility will offer a free landfill day, sponsored by Waste Management of Kansas, Inc. The landfill located at 7351 N.W. Highway 75 will be open from 7 a.m. to Noon. To be eligible for free disposal all loads must be covered, contain no tires, hazardous waste items or appliances that contain Freon. The free disposal of trash is available for individual Shawnee County residents only, no businesses. For more information contact: 246-0305.

The Garick Yard Materials Recycling Facility will also be open the same day for free disposal of yard waste for all Topeka residents. The hours will be 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at
I-70 and MacVicar. They will accept trees, limbs, leaves and grass. All loads should be covered or secured. The free day is available to all residents of Shawnee County, no businesses. For more information contact 368-3700.

As part of Bridgestone’s One Team One Planet Program, there will be a tire recycling collection for Shawnee County residents only, at Expert Tire, 3701 S. Topeka, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. – 4 tires per household. They will also accept residential do-it-yourself oil, car batteries and anti-freeze. For more information, call 266-3322.

Shawnee County Solid Waste Department will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event from
9 a.m. – noon. Collection of wastes such as household cleaners, pesticides, paint & similar products will be collected free of charge. Open to Shawnee County residents, households only, no businesses. Just East of Topeka Blvd. & North 46th Street. For questions call 286-4381.

Fidelity State Bank in connection with Jayhawk File Express will offer a free confidential documental shred from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Westridge Branch, 5926 SW 21st. Bring your personal and business records to be confidentially destroyed.

Other Great American Cleanup services and events include:

March 1 through May 31-Advantage Metals, in partnership with the Keep American Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County program, is continuing their sponsorship of an aluminum can recycling program. With a Keep America Beautiful sticker you will receive a five cent bonus over market price on each pound of cans recycled. Stickers can be obtained at Advantage Metals, 1628 NW Gordon. Hours are: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – noon.

April 4—20–Tulip Time Festival–City and Countywide celebration of tulips. Featured sites include: Ted Ensley Gardens, 3650 SE West Edge Road; Old Prairie Town and Botanical Garden, 1st and Clay; Doran Rock Garden, 601 SW Gage; and Downtown Kansas Avenue.

April 5, May 3 and June 7 from 9 a.m. – noon –Shawnee County Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection Event – sponsored by Shawnee County Solid Waste Department. Collection of wastes such as household cleaners, pesticides, paint & similar products will be collected free of charge. Open to Shawnee County residents, households only, no businesses. Just East of Topeka Blvd. & North 46th Street. For questions call 286-4381

April 12–Haz-Mat Hits the Road–a mobile hazardous waste collection sponsored by Shawnee County Solid Waste Department from 9 a.m. to noon at Pauline Central School, 6625 SW Westview Road. Call for more information: 233-4774

April 12–Seaman Middle School e-waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. –fee for CRT/LCD plasma and televisions

April 14-18 and May 12-16 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.–TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd, will offer free residential document destruction

April 19–Asset LifeCycle e-waste collection at TSCPL from 12 – 1 p.m.

Volunteer opportunities include:
Please RSVP for these events.

For additional information, please call Philicia McKee, at Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County at 224-0446 or e-mail kab@kabtopsh.org

April 18 and May 16–Volunteers will partner with Topeka Tree Team and others to clean up and trim trees in entrance and exit ramps around the community from 8 a.m. to noon

April 26—Get Down and Get Dirty– from 10 a.m.-noon volunteers will participate in a community-wide cleanup in celebration of Earth Day. Volunteers will receive free lunch, free t-shirts and will be eligible for prizes.

April 26–Washburn University “The Big Give”–Washburn students will help with community service projects around the community.

April 26–Christmas In Action Topeka–volunteers will help remodel local houses.
May 3—Hands on Topeka–Methodist Church members of Eastern Kansas will collaborate to clean up various community parks from 9 a.m. – noon.

May 10–Park Pride Day–Volunteers will remove honeysuckle at Dornwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon, 4801 SE Highland and SE 25th Street.

May 17–Adopt-A-Piece of History at the Topeka Cemetery–Participants will mow, trim and do general cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help prepare the cemetery for Memorial Day. Individuals are asked to provide their own equipment. Free lunch to volunteers at noon. Located at 1601 SE 10th

May 23-25–NHRA-recycling at the Heartland Park Topeka. Volunteers will help patrons recycle and pick up litter.

There will also be a photo contest held for all KAB events and all other litter cleanups, beautification, or recycling events. Please contact KAB for details.

The Great American Cleanup is an annual program sponsored by the national Keep America Beautiful program and the following national sponsors: Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

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