The Environment/Recycle Committee's primary objective is to increase awareness among Prairie Village residents of the importance of preserving the environment and its natural resources.
The Cities of Prairie Village, Overland Park, and Leawood are partnering to provide residents a single location reuse/recycle drop-off for electronics, shredded paper, musical instruments, mattresses, shoes, pet supplies, medications, furniture, clothing, toys, bicycles, and more.
The Environment/Recycling Committee grew out of several Prairie Village citizens’ concerns about their lack of options for conserving resources in the late 1980s. Individually and independently they shared these concerns with the City Government of Prairie Village. The then City Manager took the initiative and brought these citizens together.
Their first collective effort was a paint recycling event. People from all over the Metropolitan Area converged on the parking lot at Shawnee Mission East with partially used cans of paint (all colors), which were mixed together, creating a huge quantity of beige paint. The beige paint mixture was then donated for use in painting homes in Kansas City, KS. The second group effort focused on recycling telephone books and catalogs, which was another success. After successfully completing these two events, the group decided to initiate a Curbside Recycling Program in their neighborhoods.
In 1996, the group became an official City Committee.
Timeline of the Environment/Recycling Committee
Nov. 1989 - Curbside Recycling Planning Pilot Begins
April 1991 - Recycled Paint Program
1991 - Citywide Curbside Recycling Program Begins
1996 - Official City Committee Status Awarded
1996 - Yard Waste Pickup & Retail Corrugated Collection
2001-12 - Earth Fair Partnership with S.M.E.
2002-11 - Community Forum Sponsorship
2007-11 - VillageFest Educational Outreach, “Trolling For Trash”
2008 - 1st P.V. Electronic Recycling Collection
2009 - Shoe Collection Partnership: S.M.E. Environmental Club, Elite Feet & Soles4Souls
2010 - 1st Composting Workshop with JOCO Extension Program
2012 - Two Community Gardens established