Agency targets recycling for schools, bicycle recycling

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

MOUND CITY – The Lake Region Solid Waste Authority (LRSWA) is hoping to put recycling trailers at schools throughout Linn County. Shay Hanysak, the authority’s regional coordinator told the Linn County Commissioners about that program and a bicycle recycling program during their weekly meeting on Monday, Aug. 2.

Hanysak reported that through her agency, Linn County had received a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for $20,000. The grant will allow the county to put recycling trailers at the schools.

Linn County will be used as a model for the other five counties in the LRSWA to set up similar programs.The other counties include Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Miami, and Osage counties.

Hanysak also told commissioners to look for LRSWA staff at the Linn County Fair. They will be providing sustainable recognition awards to people who have used recycled materials or are demonstrating the benefit of recycling in their entries.

She said the LRSWA runs an Adopt-A-Bike program across the region. Currently, people who need a bicycle can go to an East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) office to fill out an application to receive a free bicycle.

However, there is no ECKAN office in Linn County. The closest offices are in Garnett and Paola.

Commission Chair Rick James spoke with the Journal about that on Wednesday. He said he would bring that issue up before the commission to try to find a local place to get applications.

Linn County residents can apply for a bicycle online. Go to this site to fill out the form:

The bicycles for the program are dropped off at recycling sites in the counties and are then taken to the LRSWA office, where they are stored until they can be taken to the Ellsworth Prison to be refurbished.

Hanysak said the LRSWA just received a grant to purchase a larger storage container for the bicycles at Ottawa.

Bicycles are collected at the Linn County Transfer Station and Landfill at Prescott.

While most of the bikes recycled are for children, Hanysak said that many bicycles suitable for older children and adults are also refurbished. She said that adults who wanted a bike should apply as well.

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