READ & # 39; S SUMMIT, Mo. – Everyone has items they don't know what to do, from old boards to unused golf balls and long-standing documents. On Saturday, people at Lee's Summit could get rid of everything at the city's RecycleFEST event.
"It's important to recycle correctly," said Chris Bussen, superintendent of solid waste. "This provides the opportunity to do those unusual things, but we want to make sure that people understand that some things are not recyclable, some are. If they are, how you handle them."
People flooded to get rid of all that unwanted junk. Lee Summit resident Andy Baker left "a lot of recycling old bills and newspapers," while fellow resident Michelle Thompson brought bottles of pills, cell phones, plates, sports shoes and paper.
Residents thought that many items would go to a recycling facility, but Bussen said most would go to local nonprofit organizations and organizations.
"Tennis balls are very popular," Bussen said. "We will really donate them to the animal shelter so dogs have balls to take home with them when they are adopted."
Thats not all.
The pill bottles will be sent to KC Pet Project, so that the organization can save money on the purchase of animal medicine bottles. Bicycles are taken to Revolve KC to be rebuilt. Tennis shoes are donated to social services and NIKE.
"It's good for the city to pay back, collect all the waste that would remain in the landfill," Baker said. "Give it to someone who can really use it."
Thompson said the items that are reused are "just the icing on the cake."
Bussen said he hopes this will inspire people to recycle more.
"There are many more opportunities, much more productivity for people if they don't bury it in the landfill and cover it with dirt," Bussen said.