Metro Kansas City Reuse & Recycling Resources

REUSE AND RESIST by Nina J.G. (2011) CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr.

Note: I no longer live in the KC Area, but am happy to continue to list and update links to groups that are doing great work there. I have used many of these organizations while downsizing in an effort to keep useful Stuff out of landfills.

Arts & Crafts Supplies:
Fabric Recycles buys fabrics, notions, crafts, ribbons/trims and sewing machines for resale.

Books KC – a program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City collects books for resale & recycling. They will take all kinds of books , including textbooks, spiral-bound lab manuals and spiral notebooks. (Updated 3/27/2015)

Electronics Recycling:
Midwest Recycling Center will take “anything that plugs into a wall, or takes batteries (even if they are broken), excluding thermostats and smoke detectors.” Some items (like alkaline batteries and CRTs) may have associated recycling fees. Their warehouse is open for drop-off every Monday from 10am-4pm.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City collects clothing, household items and toys. Check out their website for donation specifics and how to schedule a pickup. They also accept drop-off donations at KC area Savers stores.

City Thrift will take clothing, shoes and household items. I love their Overland Park location.

Ripple Glass offers their distinctive purple collection bins for drop-off glass recycling at a variety of KC Metro locations. This fills a need for glass recycling, as most companies that do residential recycling pickup will not pick up glass containers.

Special Occasion Dresses & Shoes:
Shoe Me Shoes Foundation collects special occasion dresses for Project Prom (in the spring) and new and gently worn women’s shoes year-round.

The Giving Brick collects, cleans and sorts LEGOs into sets for kids going through rough situations. In addition to donating, you can also participate in volunteer Lego sorting events that are open to the community.

Last updated December 8, 2016

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