For Immediate Release
September 27, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

City of Ellinwood Recognized by KDHE

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will recognize the City of Ellinwood for their recycling and composting efforts on Wednesday, September 29.  The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the library, 210 North Schiller. Media are invited to attend.  

“The City of Ellinwood demonstrated their community-wide commitment to environmental stewardship when City Administrator Bob Peter, the Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce chose a ‘Going Green’ theme for their annual After Harvest festival and activities,’’ said Bill Bider, KDHE’s director of Bureau of Waste Management.

The After Harvest festival highlighted ways the community is committed to sustainable practices.  The city has had an active recycling program for more than 20 years and a community composting site for a decade.  Area residents bring aluminum and steel cans, paper, and plastic to the drop off location near the city offices. 

About 70 tons per year of collected recyclables are then taken to First Step Recycling in Great Bend for further processing and marketing.  Residents also take more than 400 tons of yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves to the compost site each year along with larger amounts of trees and brush.  By recycling and composting the citizens of Ellinwood are doing their part to conserve landfill space in the Barton County Landfill.

Ellinwood is the first city or county to be recognized by KDHE in this manner for their commitment to good waste management practices. 

“It is our intention to look for other cities, counties, non-profits organizations, and private businesses that are truly making a difference in their communities by voluntarily adopting practices that will provide long-term benefits to their citizens,” said Bider.