(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) March 1, 2017 – The City’s two recycling centers will permanently close on Friday, March 31, 2017. The City notified the operator, Midwest Recycling Centers (MRC), of its intent to terminate the contract upon expiration at the end of the month. The closure includes the Vista Avenue Recycling Center at 875 Vista Avenue and the 35th Street Recycling Center at 13600 E. 35th Street.
Deteriorating conditions at the sites with blowing debris and overflowing containers prompted the change. “In recent months the city recycling centers have become unmanageable and are contributing to the litter problems in our neighborhoods and commercial corridors,” stated Mayor Eileen Weir. “Improving the appearance of our city is a key goal outlined in the five-year Strategic Plan, and the Council has determined that the convenience of the recycling centers is outweighed by the amount of litter these centers generate around town. We encourage citizens to continue to recycle and utilize the private options that are readily available. Closure of the public recycling centers is one of several steps the Council is considering to reduce litter and meet our community's expectations for a clean city.”
“The recycling centers were opened at a time when very few private trash haulers offered curbside recycling,” said City Manager Zachary Walker. “The City stepped in to meet a community need, but the service is now routinely offered by the private sector.” Today five of the private trash haulers licensed for residential trash service in Independence offer recycling pickup for their customers, either free or for a small additional monthly fee.
The City will continue to operate the popular Drop-Off Depot at 875 Vista Avenue on the second Saturday of each month, beginning March 11. Accepted items include household waste, bulky items (furniture, carpet, etc.), brush, tires and appliances. The Drop-Off Depot is open to Independence residents only. The fee is $11 for cars and $16 for larger vehicles. The fee is $26 for trailers longer than 8 feet. Electronics recycling may be offered at future Drop-Off Depot events. Watch future announcements and social media postings for details.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of other opportunities to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste whenever possible. The average person in the Kansas City metro still throws out about seven pounds of waste per day. To learn more, visit www.RecycleSpot.org, greater Kansas City’s one-stop shop for recycling information. The website features a tool to allow visitors to search for instructions to recycle popular items based on zip code.