Kansas Waste Reduction Conference

March 26-28, 2024 at Hilton Garden Inn in Salina, KS

The Kansas Waste Reduction Conference (formerly WORKS) is a premier meeting with attendees and leaders in recycling and waste management.

Sleeping rooms are available at a rate of $112. Reservations can be made online at Hilton Reservations or by calling the hotel reservations department at 785-309-0440. Remember to please reference the Kansas Organization of Recyclers to receive the conference rate. All reservations should be made by February 24, 2024.

Exhibitor booths include a 8’ table, one chair, and entry for one attendee, which includes meals and social events.
KOR Member Exhibit Booth – $500
Non-Member Exhibit Booth – $650
The exhibit area will be open to conference attendees on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sponsorship provides maximum exposure before, during, and following the event. Sponsorship levels are outlined below.
Bronze Sponsor – $750.00
Silver Sponsor – $1,000.00
Gold Sponsor – $1,500.00
Platinum Sponsor – $2,000.00
Special event sponsorships are available, please contact kskor@kskor.org if interested.

We are proud to announce that we are the recipients of a Can’d Aid Crush it Crusade grant!

In November 2022 the Lake Region was awarded $13,718 through the Crush it Crusade grant program for the purchase of recycling containers and storage carts to be used at county fairs and other large public events in all six of our member counties (Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami, Osage). The grant funding also includes educational and outreach training and materials. So, look for the new collection containers and banners at a local event in your county this year!

Can’d Aid is a nationally recognized nonprofit that rallies volunteers from all walks of life to build thriving communities. Through a unique integrated approach, they distribute water, provide access and opportunities for underserved youth to experience music, arts and the outdoors; and protect and restore the environment. Their Crush it Crusade grant program aims to increase recycling rates nationwide, while spreading the word about the benefits of infinitely recyclable aluminum! Learn more at https://candaid.org/crush-it-crusade/

County Fair Boards and other local organizers are always looking for volunteers to assist with the proper collection of trash and recycling. If you would like to be involved in helping to promote or assist with these Sustainability efforts, then reach out to our Regional Coordinator and she will get you in touch with the right people.

Composting Food Scraps in Your Community: A Social Marketing Toolkit

In June 2023, the US Environmental Protection Agency is published the “Composting Food Scraps in Your Community: A Social Marketing Toolkit”

The toolkit is a resource for states, territories, local governments, tribes, and nongovernmental organizations who wish to create composting campaigns in their communities. More specifically, it is for an organization that wants to (1) launch a new food scrap composting program, (2) increase participation in an existing food scrap composting program, or (3) reduce contamination in their compost collection stream. It is designed to assist agencies that offer curbside collection or drop-off locations for residential food scraps. The toolkit includes a planning process that uses social marketing principles to ensure campaigns are tailored to their local communities' needs.

The toolkit walks you through the steps to design a behavior change campaign in your community. It will help you move beyond an education/awareness campaign by identifying barriers people may experience in composting food scraps and highlights motivators that help overcome those barriers. It is accompanied by composting campaign materials created by municipalities and organizations that are available for use and customization by any community.

To access the toolkit and download customizable collateral, click here.

Preventing Wasted Food in Your Community: A Social Marketing Toolkit

In May 2023 the US Environmental Protection Agency published the "Preventing Wasted Food in Your Community: A Social Marketing Toolkit"

The toolkit is a resource for states, territories, local governments, tribes, and nongovernmental organizations who want to start a behavior change campaign to prevent food waste in their communities. It is designed to be used by governments and NGOs to assist their constituents in reducing wasted food in the home. The toolkit includes a planning process that uses social marketing principles to ensure communities are tailoring the campaign to their individual needs.

The toolkit walks you through the steps to design a behavior change campaign in your community. It moves beyond an education/awareness campaign by identifying barriers people may have in reducing their food waste and highlighting motivators that help overcome those barriers. The toolkit offers an implementation and evaluation plan. It also includes wasted food prevention campaign materials created by municipalities and organizations that are available for use and customization by any community.

To access the toolkit and download customizable collateral, click here.

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 lrswa@lakeregionsolidwaste.org.

Click here to see the date and location of the next meeting.

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