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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!

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Post-Holiday Tree Recycling Program

The Topeka Zoo will be accepting used live Christmas trees again this year beginning as early as December 26. It is as easy as dropping the tree off inside at the south east corner of the Zoo’s parking lot, behind the “trees here sign”.

“There is no need to make an appointment,” said Zoo Director Brendan Wiley. “We’ll find them and get them to the animals that can use them.”
In order for the trees to be able to be used by the zoo animals, the trees need to be free of ornaments and tinsel.

“This allows the trees to be used beyond the holiday season,” said Wiley. “Animals that benefit from them include lions, tigers, owls, mountain lions, giraffes, elephants, bears and many others.”

Once the animals have had plenty of fun with the varieties of conifers donated, they will be ground up through a chipper and made into mulch for continued reuse.

The zoo will accept the trees through Jan. 8th 2018.

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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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