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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, April 29.

Saturday, April 29–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, no E-waste or PCB containing items. 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 4:00 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.

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 Collection of wastes such as household cleaners, pesticides, paint, batteries, outdated medications, sharps & similar products will be collected free of charge.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.

E-Cycle, sponsored by Shawnee County and the City of Topeka at the ExpoCentre. Recycle your electronics for free, except $20 fee for CRT monitors and CRT televisions. Fees must be paid in cash. For more information, contact 368-4470.

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. Tell them you are with Keep America Beautiful and you will receive a five cent bonus over market price on each pound of cans recycled. 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 1, April 29, and May 6 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, batteries, outdated medication, sharps & 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 7-23–Tulip Time–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 7-8 & 14-15 from 6-10 pm “Tulips at Twilight”– a luminary walk celebrating Tulip Time at night at Old Prairie Town and Ward Meade Botanical Gardens at 1st and Clay! Contact Nancy Houck for more information: tulipsattwilight@gmail

Curb Your Clutter–Special collection by local haulers for NIA’s:
April 8–Central Highland Park, East End, East Topeka North, East Topeka South, Highland Acres, Jefferson Square, Monroe, Historic North Topeka East and Oakland.
April 15—Central Park, Chesney Park, Hi-Crest, Historic Holiday Park, Likins-Foster, North Topeka West, Old Town, Quinton Heights Steele, Valley Park and Ward Meade.
April 22–Downtown NIA and Tennessee Town

April 9–Tulip Festival at Lake Shawnee from 10 am – 3 pm–residents and visitors will be treated to a beautiful display of tulips, dance, car shows, music, art sale, and vendor booths

April 17-21 and May 15-19 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.–TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd, will offer free residential document destruction.

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 22—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 (while supplies last) and will be eligible for door prizes.
April 29–Christmas In Action Topeka–volunteers will help remodel local houses.
May 6–Volunteers will help plant annuals at Ted Ensley Gardens from 9 am – noon. Meet at 37th and West Edge Road.
May 13—Volunteers will help in a local park from 9-11 a.m. Location TBD
May 20–Adopt-A-Piece of History at the Topeka Cemetery–Participants will mow, trim and do general cleanup of stones 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.

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, Nestle Waters, Altria, BNSF and Niagara.

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

In celebration of Earth Day, join us for our community wide litter clean-up, Get Down and Get Dirty. Teams or individuals will pick up litter from 10-11:30 am and return to Gage Park for a free lunch provided by Waste Management, Frito Lay, Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Topeka, and Bimbo Bakery. While supplies last, receive a free t-shirt sponsored by: Bimbo Bakery, Custom Tree Care, Edward Jones, Strathman Sales, and Target.

For more information or to register contact Philicia at 785-224-0446 or kab@kabtopsh.org.

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Leaving the Earth a Better Place, A Legacy of Love
by Madisyn Taylor

It is a great act of love to leave the earth a better place when we leave than which we found her.

We inherit this great planet from our parents and from the generations that came before. Then, in concert with the surrounding culture, our elders teach us how to care for the land and the sea, ourselves and each other. They model ways of being in relationship with every other expression of life on earth. But whether they act with care or carelessness, compassion or cruelty, generosity or greed, we have the ability to choose our own individual way of relating with the planet and her inhabitants. From our first breath here to our very last, we will find infinite opportunities to influence our environment for the better. We can decide now to act with intention in order to leave this amazing planet brighter and more beautiful than when we arrived.

If we enjoy environmental activism, we might feel moved to clean up beaches or to plant trees. But, we need not feel limited in our ability to contribute positively. There are many ways to leave a legacy of love. We might begin by radiating affirmative thoughts and feelings about how magnificent the earth truly is. We might create and tend a special garden, one that provides an abundance of food and herbs for ourselves and our loved ones. Or we might create a garden filled with sweet smelling flowers to uplift our hearts. We might even honor the earth simply by trying to be the best person we can be while we are here. Such good will can have a domino effect, inspiring others to contribute in their own way as well.

We spend our lifetimes being nourished and enlivened by the rain, sun, soil and wind. Our experience is blessed by other living beings, from plants to insects to birds and humans. We receive so much; giving back just naturally feels good. When we live our lives with intention of leaving this temporary home a better place for generations to come, we are perhaps leaving behind the best gift of all.

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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
County.

For more information: call Philicia at (785) 224-0446 or e-mail kab@kabtopsh.org.
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“Stop thinking about nature time as leisure time.

Time in nature is an essential investment in our children’s health and well-being (as well as our own). Changing our mindset will change our priorities; if we view nature time as essential to good health, we will be more likely to engage in it. Nurturing creativity and wonder is part of our responsibility as parents if we want to raise healthy, well-balanced children.”

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