KDHE Solid Waste Grant
This year KDHE awarded 29 applicants with funding from their Solid Waste Grant Program and we are so happy to announce that there are 3 recycling projects that were awarded grants within the Lake Region!!!
1) Our own Adopt-A-Bike Program will be expanding bike drop-off and application locations in all six counties, plus adding a new cargo storage container in Franklin County. County ECKAN offices and various partner organization who are able to publicly promote the Adopt-A-Bike program were recently provided with new signs to hang on the wall in their offices to indicate their role as designated locations to pick up and/or drop off bike applications. Grant funding will allow us to install new Adopt-A-Bike program signs, so that the public can easily identify the designated bike drop-off locations as well as the purpose of the program. With a regenerative push for program awareness and access, plus the improved storage container, we anticipates an increase in the number of bike donations and in the number of bikes refurbished and adopted out.
2) Linn County 's Solid Waste Department will be expanding their school recycling program into all three school district within the county. Earlier this year, USD 344 in Pleasanton agreed to pilot the new program and was provided with an used recycling trailer. They had an entire 5th grade class involved in helping design a custom wrap for the trailer, plus the high school Art Club assisted with painting the final design. They also have about 40 students and 5 staff members who are responsible for collecting the recycling inside the school buildings and taking it out to the collection trailer. This grant funding will allow Linn County to purchase three new recycling trailers – one to replace the existing refurbished trailer at USD 344 in Pleasanton, a second trailer for USD 346 in Mound City, and the third trailer for USD 362 in La Cygne. Ultimately, the Lake Region Solid Waste Authority hope to use Linn County’s school recycling program as a template for implementation in its other five Kansas counties (Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Miami and Osage).
3) Tri-Ko in Osawatomie will be implementing a new recycling collection program for their office(s), with the potential to expand to include collection from the local community.
Stay tuned for project updates.
KDHE Waste Tire Grant
This year KDHE awarded only 47 organizations with funding from their Waste Tire Grant Program. The Lake Region’s bench project was one of the awardees!
The community of Osawatomie, in Miami County, has been actively engaged in various public service and improvement projects. In order to contribute to these positive initiatives and allow for more enjoyment of local outdoor locations and safer bus stops, a group of community organizations partnered with the Lake Region to submit an application under the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Waste Tire Grant Program to fund a community bench project.
The Lake Region was awarded the grant and will be installing 11 new benches, made from 100% recycled materials, in various locations around the community;
• 3 park benches at the playground areas around the Osawatomie Lake
• 1 park bench at the Soldier’s Monument
• 1 park bench at the outdoor Family Fitness Park
• 6 trail benches at various school bus stops around town
Project funding will be provided by the KDHE Waste Tire Grant and contributions from the Osawatomie Rotary Club, City of Osawatomie, Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, and Osawatomie PRIDE Committee.
In order to celebrate Earth Day and launch the bench project within the community, the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Creative Recycling Contest for local students, offering a $25 prize for each category! Winners will be decided based on submissions that best highlight the benefit of recycling and using recycled materials (especially waste tires). Prizes will be awarded at the public ribbon cutting ceremony for the project.
The next grant application period opens on Nov. 15, 2021, with a submission deadline of Jan. 15, 2022.
Regional Climate Action Planning
In pursuing its mission to draw down the region's greeenhouse 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 www.marc.org/Environment/Climate-Action