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Daniel Mandel and fourteen other valiant warriors battled the cold on December 7 to help improve our community. The effort began when Daniel saw a picture on facebook that showed a blighted area along the Shunga Creek. It brought back memories as he remembered playing there in his youth. In it’s current condition, he knew that it had to be cleaned up to be able to share it with his three boys and others. People in this community stepped up to help. They donated their time, canoes, supplies, and Raintree Apartments donated parking spaces and a place for the team to warm up and have snacks. Many thanks to Daniel and friends, who will be working with Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County throughout the year to make great projects like this happen. Before and after pictures are in the slideshow below. What a difference they made!


Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County

Announces new Safe Sharps Disposal program

Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County in partnership with Shawnee County Solid Waste announces a new Safe Sharps Disposal program. The kick-off was held November 7th at the Shawnee County Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility (HHW) at 131 NE 46th Street. More than 200 people attended the event with 60 of the new sharps containers being distributed.

With this new sustainable program, residents of Shawnee County can pick up a container free of charge while supplies last. Once the container is full of sharps, they can return those back to the HHW Facility for proper disposal. Shawnee County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility will implement the on-going program as part of its commitment to keep hazardous material out of the local landfill.

This program is brought to you through a collaboration with Shawnee County Solid Waste, Waste Management, and Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee

For more information: call Philicia at (785) 224-0446 or e-mail kab@kabtopsh.org

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Senior Citizens Medical Equipment Exchange Program

transfer bath benches, shower benches, child size crutches, canes-regular, canes-4-finger, hospital beds-(newer type that is light weight and comes apart), over the door pulleys, adult diapers/wet wipes, blood pressure monitors, medical boots/toeless shoes, walkers with wheels and seats (no walkers that do not fold up), bed pans, wheel chairs for adults and children, electric wheel chairs, electric scooters Contact: cathouse40@hotmail.com and/or 785-597-5478

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In the Spotlight

SpotlightThis part of our website will be dedicated to featuring businesses or individuals who follow good environmental practices.  If you would like to see your business featured here, or if you would like to honor an individual for their best environmental efforts who give back to this community, please send information to kab@kabtopsh.org

“Just the Place” Rustic Barn Wedding Venue

Jeff and Rena Kilgore of Ozawkie, KS are the owners and operators of Just the Place LLC. They renovated the house and barn in 2015 to accommodate weddings and/or receptions for up to 200 guests. Thirty-five acres of farmland surrounding the house and barn are being restored to their natural prairie habitat, with walking trails throughout. A breezy pavilion with a cobblestone floor is covered in flowering vines and sits high on a hill, may be used as a backdrop for your ceremony. They are located on the west side of the city of Ozawkie, KS and on the north edge of Perry Lake, with long beautiful views of the Delaware River valley.

From Jeff:

Rena and I think that recycling is important. One thing we did not anticipate when we first opened Just the Place wedding facility was the amount of trash that fewer than 200 people would produce. Since we recycle tin cans, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic at our home, we couldn’t ignore the facility trash. I’ve been elbows deep in garbage bags pulling out recyclables. At our biggest wedding this year, I hauled nearly 20 trash bags to the curb. It matters to us that we do our part to make a better world. The choice to not recycle is odd to me.

Last March when we were in Georgia, I was taking a walk when I noticed the trash cans out to be picked up. When I returned, I saw that only one of two cans had been dumped at one home. I saw the owner on the porch and told him that the trash haulers had left one full, he told me that, that was the recycling trash can that would be picked up later that day. In a metropolitan area such as Atlanta, land is more scarce which might influence their decision to recycle. The fact that we as Kansans have lots of land makes trash recycling less of an issue.

The idea of trash recycling’s profitability is something that I’ve often wondered about. We recycle to keep stuff out of landfills.

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