Recycling in Kansas City

I’m still discovering how recycling works here. The house where I’m staying has curbside recycling, and glass can be taken to Ripple Glass locations throughout the city. See the bottom of this page for items that may be recycled at local Whole Foods stores.

KCMO lists these recycling centers, which are run by Bridging the Gap with the help of volunteers. A Household Hazardous Waste facility, run by KC Water Services, is located at the Deramus recycling center.

Check with Recycle Spot for more information about recycling in Kansas City, Missouri.

Here’s a recycling drop-off center I found through Recycle Spot, located in Grandview, Missouri.

This page on the Deffenbaugh Industries website lists several recycling centers. You can drop off appliances and yard waste and trash at their landfill, or drop off recycling for free before you cross the scales. You can get compost at this site, but you have to shovel it yourself.

The Surplus Exchange provides electronic recycling in the Kansas City metro area. Whole Foods may also offer e-cycling events.

Recycling Offered by My Apartment Complex in Denver (through August 2015)

Plastic containers, #1 through #6, but no lids

Glass bottles and jars and metal lids

Cans, all kinds, and lids

Cartons lined with plastic (such as milk or soup cartons)

Aluminum foil

Office paper


Light cardboard

Corrugated cardboard

Recycling at the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHARM) in Boulder, Colorado

Electronics of all kinds, including cell phones

Plastic bags (clean and dry)

Large #2 plastic (laundry baskets, for example)

Styrofoam blocks for packing

Scrap metal

Clothing and other fabrics and shoes (but no underpants!)


Compostables (corn-plastic packaging, food waste, compostable plates and flatware)

Construction Reuse (via Craigslist)

Cabinets and countertops from the kitchen: the contractor removed them whole, and then a man who wanted to install them in a mountain cabin picked them up.

Other Recycling

Toothbrushes and yogurt cups (at Whole Foods)

Corks (at Whole Foods)

Used gift cards (at Whole Foods)

CDs and DVDs and VHS tapes and cassettes (at Green Disk)

Styrofoam peanuts (any UPS Store)

Plastic pots for plants (at Echter’s Garden Center or Sturtz and Copeland, Denver metro area)

Kitchen plastic, such as plastic bags for chips (Terracycle, via the Kitchen Separation Box)