The Lake Region’s Adopt-A-Bike Program helps to divert broken and discarded bikes from ending up in landfills by refurbishing them and arranging for them to be adopted back into participating communities, free of charge. Thanks to grant funding from KDHE’s Solid Waste Grant program, our Adopt-A-Bike program has been able to 1) purchase a cargo container for better storage of the refurbished bicycles 2) design and install more program signs so that the public can easily identify the designated bike drop-off locations 3) developed and print copies of an informational pamphlet, which includes a copy of an application form and instructions for submission.

We invite the public to join us on May 27th for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of our new cargo storage container at the Franklin County Public Work Yard. The event will occur at 8:00 AM as part of an Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee.

KDHE Solid Waste Grant (March - May)

The application period for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Solid Waste Grant program runs from March 15th until May 15th.

This grant program will pay up to 75% of the total cost of a project; where the local matching contribution may include labor and volunteer costs. Project eligibility is not just restricted to the purchase of equipment or supplies, but can also include activities and educational programs such as environmental fairs and festivals, special training sessions, seminars, teacher education training workshops, and educational presentations.

Details about the grant program are available at


If you are investigating or interested in implementing a recycling, reuse or waste reduction project, the Lake Region is happy to provide research, resources, or grant application assistance. All of our services are available free of charge. Contact the Regional Coordinator at or 913-952-2841

KOR WORKS! Conference (April)

Join us April 26-28, 2022 for the Kansas Organization of Recyclers (KOR) WORKS Conference in Topeka.

WORKS! is the premier recycling and waste reduction conference in Kansas and there is a great lineup of speakers, presentations and roundtables scheduled.

Sponsorship of the WORKS! Conference provides maximum exposure before, during, and following the event.

Special event sponsorships, a full event agenda and registration are available online at


Regional Climate Action Planning

In pursuing its mission to draw down the region's greenhouse gas emissions, Climate Action KC, in partnership with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and other area contributors assembled the first ever KC Regional Climate Action Plan. The plan proposes a flexible framework to help mitigate climate change by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It also shows how the region can become a more resilient, equitable and healthy region.

For more information or resources related to the KC Regional Climate Action Plan visit at


Climate & Environment Council

The Climate & Environment Council (CEC), jointly supported by MARC and Climate Action KC, is a new, collaborative, action-oriented committee that will guide the implementation of the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan. Members of this council will represent a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds and expertise for the entire region and will set a broad agenda focused on climate resilience and sustainability.

Individuals on the council will promote the interests of the entire region and may be local government representatives, subject matter experts (energy, buildings, transportation, water, green infrastructure, food, health, etc.), youth, community and nonprofit leaders or other interested community members.

Interested in being a member of the Climate and Environment Council?

The application period for membership is now open and closes on April 22, 2022. Eligible applicants must be residents of Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri, and Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

For help filling out the application, please contact Kate Ludwig at 816-701-8270 or Any other questions, please contact Karen Clawson at or 816-701-8255.


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LRSWA Board Meetings

Board meetings are held quarterly at rotating locations within the six counties.

If you would like to attend or participate, please contact the Regional Coordinator at

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