The latest “green” initiative offered by Lee’s Summit is carpet recycling at the Resource Recovery Park.
The pilot program, at the landfill and recycling facility at 2101 SE Hamblen Road, is offered in association with Heritage Environmental Services, a Kansas City company that offers waste management and treatment services nationwide.
There is a discounted fee of $10 a cubic yard to recycle carpet at the facility, which is transported to Heritage Environmental Services for sorting, shredding and placing into 1,200-pound bales.
The bales are sold to plastic companies which covert the carpet fiber into plastic products used in the electrical, consumer and appliance, industrial, machinery and home and garden industries. The carpet bales also can be a fuel source or to make automotive parts.
“Our city offers a variety of popular and successful environmental programs to our residents,” Mayor Randy Rhoads said. “The addition of carpet recycling is another valuable service for our community to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle.”
The program, managed by the Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department, will help achieve the Mid-America Regional Council’s Solid Waste Management District goal of recycling 40 percent solid waste in the Kansas City metropolitan area by the year 2013.
The program will be evaluated in a year to determine whether it will continue.