Programs

Beautification

Friends of Reinisch–Volunteers will work in the rose garden in Gage Park.

Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens–Volunteers will help beautify and help with events at the crown jewel of Shawnee County, Ted Ensley Gardens. Opportunities include: Tulip Festival at Lake Shawnee, World Naked Gardening Day, Summer Solstice Soiree, Weed Elimination Day, Sun & Sweat Day, Daylily Cleanup Day, Perennial Cut Back Day, and Tricks, Treats and Tulips.

Topeka Beautification Association/KAB work days–Volunteers will help beautify our community in partnership with Topeka Beautification Association.

Litter Prevention

Cigarette Litter Prevention Program–We continue our fight against cigarette litter.

Get Down and Get Dirty—Our annual community wide litter cleanup. Join KAB in our largest Great American Cleanup effort.

KAB Storm Troopers—This is a new program with volunteers periodically cleaning out the storm drains in their neighborhoods to make certain they are free of litter and debris.

KAB Trash Troopers—Whether you walk for fun, companionship, or your health, take a trash bag with you and pick up litter as you go.  Report the hours you work and the amount of trash collected to KAB to become a Trash Trooper.  

KAB X-treme Team–Volunteers go into areas of extreme litter to clean up the community.

Take Ten—Is an effort to encourage businesses to send their employees out for ten minutes per day or every other day to clean up their property.

The Butt Brigade–Volunteers will pick up cigarette butts and educate that they need to be disposed of properly by distributing personal pocket ash trays and butt buckets for cars.

Waterfront Warriors–Volunteers will clean up litter at Westlake, Central Park, Lake Shawnee and other waterways.

 Recycling

Advantage Metals Bonus Program—During the Great American Cleanup, March 1 through May 31, Advantage Metals offers a 5 cent bonus for aluminum cans.  Just tell them you are with KAB to receive the bonus.

Earth Day Celebration Free Day—Free landfill and free yard waste collections are held in celebration of Earth Day each year.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection—Sponsored by Shawnee County Solid Waste Department, you can properly dispose of your hazardous waste.  They are now also collecting electronics and tires. 

Recycle Rangers—This program encourages citizens to assist with recycling by picking up from those who do not have a recycling program (such as multi-family dwellings, church or civic events) and dropping at a public drop off.

Safe Sharps–Recycle sharps, syringes and lancets in an environmentally safe way at the HHW site.

Scrap Management of Topeka Bonus Program—During the Great American Cleanup, March 1 through May 31, Scrap Management of Topeka offers a 5 cent bonus for aluminum cans.  Just tell them you are with KAB to receive the bonus.

TARC–Free residential confidential paper shred.

Education Programs

Campus Pride Award—Recognition program for area schools participating in recycling, litter reduction, or beautification.

Green Fairs–There are many opportunities to exhibit information about KAB at Green Fairs throughout the year including the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and Topeka Zoo.

Kansas Lawn and Garden Show—An annual event promoting gardening. We distribute our Recycling Directories, promote KAB, and distribute flyers for the Advantage Metals and Scrap Management of Topeka Aluminum Can Bonus programs.

History and Environmental Fair—Educational opportunity for area school children to learn more about recycling.

Topeka Water Festival—Educational opportunity for area 4th graders to learn more about water and the environment.