Active Programs & Events:
"Trolling for Trash," conducted at VillageFest
Using traditional bamboo fishing poles, children "fish" for items from a brimming wading pool. They then identify whether their "catch" can be reused, recycled, or has to go to the landfill. They win prizes for guessing correctly.
Support Other City Events (i.e. Jazz Festival)
Past Programs & Events:
Paint Recycling Program
Shoe Collection Partnership: S.M.E. Environmental Club, Elite Feet & Soles4Souls
13,254 pairs of shoes were donated by the community. The shoes were distributed by Soles4Souls to families in need in Africa. Six tons of shoes were kept out of landfills due to this successful partnership.
The Shoe Collection Partnership was inspired by a photo taken by Shawnee Mission East Graduate (1987), Amy Gottlieb. On assignment in Malawi, Africa working with the Center for Disease Control, Global Aids program, Gottlieb attended a local running race. She noticed that the runners’ shoes were hardly shoes at all, but tattered soles barely tied on. She took a photo and sent it home, motivating the youth at Shawnee Mission East to collect shoes.
Programs Pioneered by the Committee Currently Managed by the City:
Curbside Recycling Collection
In June of 1989 an Ad Hoc Committee on Recycling was formed under the leadership of Mayor Monroe Taliaferro and chaired by Councilman Scott Tschudy. At this point, 26 Prairie Village citizens volunteered to implement the program.
The City provided $10,000 initially. The Recycling Committee developed a pilot program designed to test several methods of collection and to gauge Prairie Village’s commitment to a citywide recycling program. The week of September 11, 1989, Prairie Village began collecting recycling from 1400 homes or 20% of the city’s single family residences. The pilot, which ran for three months, included the Indian Fields, Country Hills and Prairie Hills sub-divisions. To accommodate those residents not included in the pilot program, a drop-off site was established at City Hall on Saturday mornings. This alternative proved wildly popular, with as many as 2000 cars converging at City Hall on Saturdays to recycle!
The Citywide Curbside Recycling Program began in January of 1991 and by 1993 every house in Prairie Village, all 9000, enjoyed weekly recycling pick-up.