One of the latest “green” initiatives offered by the City is carpet recycling at the Resource Recovery Park (RRP), 2101 SE Hamblen Road, Lee’s Summit. The pilot program is offered in association with Heritage Environmental Services, a Kansas City company that offers waste management and treatment services nationwide.
There is a discounted fee of $10 a cubic yard to recycle carpet at the RRP, which is transported to Heritage Environmental Services for sorting, shredding and placing into 1,200 pound bales. The bales are sold to plastic companies that covert the carpet fiber into plastic products. The plastic can be used in the electrical, consumer and appliance, the industrial/machinery and home and garden industries. The carpet bales can also be used as a fuel source or to make automotive parts.
“Our City offers a variety of popular and successful environmental programs to our residents. The addition of carpet recycling is another valuable service for our community to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads.
The program, managed by the Solid Waste Division of the City’s Public Works Department, will also help to achieve Mid-America Regional Council’s Solid Waste Management District goal of recycling 40% of solid waste in the Kansas City metropolitan area by the year 2013. The program will be evaluated in a year to determine its longevity.