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Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

clock August 6, 2013 10:32 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 6, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission are sponsoring a mobile drive-up paper shredding event on Saturday, August 17 from 9-11:30 a.m. at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.
Blue Springs businesses and residents will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. All paper collected during the event will be recycled.

“Blue Springs residents and business owners can dispose of their confidential files and documents safely at this event,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This paper shredding event is an opportunity for residents to reduce their potential for identity theft and support recycling in our community.”

For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at lgowdy@bluespringsgov.com.​

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Blue Springs Parks & Rec Upcoming Holiday Season Special Events

clock December 14, 2011 10:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Express Train Wed. Dec 21, 4 pm – 7 pm. Main Street RR crossing at 12th downtown Blue Springs. Free. Santa Claus in a KCS six car lighted & decorated train.

Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program Dec 26 – Jan 15. Drop off location is Pink Hill Park, 2715 NW Park Road. Safe & environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree.

New Years Eve Party at Vesper Hall Sat. Dec 31, 7:30 pm.  $10 in advance. The party, hosted by BSP&R Dept staff, is geared to adults ages 50 and over but all welcome.

Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction Sat. Jan 21, 5:30 - 7 pm. Vesper Hall.  $6 adult, $4 age 12 & under, 3 & under free. This is a fund-raiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park


Paper Recycling Challenge a huge success!

clock November 30, 2011 09:50 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

NEWS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Paper Recycling Challenge a huge success!

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission challenged residents to increase their paper recycling between November 2 and November 16 in celebration of America Recycles Day. The goal for the two-week challenge was to recycle 2,800 pounds of cardboard and 4,200 pounds of paper, or a total of 3.5 tons.

Significant participation efforts helped in far surpassing the recycling goals. A total of 16,960 pounds of cardboard and 12,570 pounds of paper were collected at the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center during the two-week challenge.

In comparison, since the recycling center has been open (July 2010) the monthly average weight of cardboard collected is 5,529 pounds and on average 7,773 pounds of paper is collected each month. Cardboard had the highest collection amount to date, exceeding the highest collection month in July 2011 of 11,490 pounds.

Diverting paper and cardboard products from the landfills not only helps the environment, but also provides funding for the operation of the facility. The City earns 50 percent of the income from all paper and cardboard products collected at the center.

“We would like to thank all of those who participated in the recycling challenge and helped divert a tremendous amount of paper and cardboard products from the landfill,” said Alice Fuerst, Solid Waste Management Commission Chair. “While the recycling challenge might be over, I want to encourage residents to continue recycling their waste products.”

The Blue Springs Pink Hill Park Recycling Center located at 2725 NW Park Road is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the winter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Materials accepted at the center include, paper, newspapers and magazines and shredded paper, cardboard, paperboard, plastics (#1-7), aluminum cans, steel/tin food cans, glass jars and bottles and phone books. Please remove food from containers and covers from bottles prior to disposal. Recycling center attendants are located on-site during regular hours of operation if assistance is needed.

For more information contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or visit the City’s website at www.bluespringgov.com/recycling to learn more about the community recycling center.

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Blue Springs City Council Decides on Waste Hauling Issue

clock November 9, 2011 00:59 by author Jeff Quibell

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Controversial issues come in all shapes and sizes, with the latest focus on the methods and options for trash removal in our community and the definition of public input. Thursday’s Examiner “Our Opinion” column suggested that “It is simply not good enough [sic] tell them to fill out comments cards and, trust us, your input, will be taken into account”. Permanently recording, by written word, the input of the residents of Blue Springs could, in my humble opinion, be considered superior to the spoken word. Sixty-nine residents completed comment cards and gave detailed responses to the questions before them. In this context, by definition input is a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information and a statement is a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts.

The editorial writer suggests that we should have sat through “a couple of hours of grief” because it is part of our job. Frankly, I would never consider communicating with my constituents “grief”. In this instance, there were simply too many people to allow everyone the opportunity to speak in the time available. Chairman Lyle Shaver made a wise decision to insure everyone that wished to share their input was given the opportunity to provide their statements. I sincerely appreciate the residents who took the time to provide us with their detailed comments and recommendations, along with the other four Councilmen who attended and interacted with the residents prior to and immediately following the meeting.

Chairman Shaver began the meeting with an explanation of how public input would be received due to the large number of people attending. What is interesting was the total absence of objection to his approach. Not even a murmur went through the crowd. Normally, if disappointment or disgruntlement were occurring, it would be fairly apparent. Instead, the crowd listened intently to the presentation and immediately following, began completing the comment cards, giving their input in written statements. Following the presentation, many stayed afterward to talk with the councilmen and members of the taskforce one on one or in small groups.

Many people I communicated with were upset about the false and/or misleading information they had heard or received. Once we had discussed their initial concerns and began discussing facts, the message was clear: the residents of Blue Springs are satisfied with the current method of trash hauling in our city and want it to remain the same.

Monday evening, the City Council received the recommendations from the taskforce. The five council members present listened to the input of our residents and agreed. The current system works for Blue Springs. We were not distracted by the misinformation or misdirection that was published, and focused on what was important to our residents.

I am a firm believer that anything worth debating should be debated with facts. Then, and only then, can we focus on and arrive at a consensus. The process works when we allow it to follow through to its proper conclusion.


Blue Springs City Council Considers Waste Disposal Task Force Recommendations on Monday 11/7/2001

clock November 5, 2011 16:28 by author Jeff Quibell

2011-councilphoto-webpage.jpgHaving listened to the input of hundreds of Blue Springs citizens, the Blue Springs City Council will consider the recommendations of the Waste Disposal Task Force on Monday evening, November 7th.  Come see your city council in action, or watch the council meeting live on Comcast Channel 7 or AT&T Uverse Government Access Channel or streamed over the internet at http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?nid=131.  The council meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm.


America Recycles Day 2011

clock November 1, 2011 17:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Community Recycling Challenge

Join Us!

The Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission challenges YOU to recycle your paper products in celebration of America Recycles Day!

Compete!

We’re aiming high with a community-wide goal to collect 2,800lbs of
cardboard and 4,200lbs of paper (that’s 3.5 tons!) from
November 2 – November 16

The recycling center is open Wednesdays 10am-4pm &
Saturdays & Sundays 8am-4pm

YOU can do it!

Bring your paper products (junk mail, paper bags, newspaper,
magazines, office paper, cereal boxes, cardboard boxes, etc.) to the
Pink Hill Park Recycling Center at 2725 NW Park Rd. in Blue Springs.

For more information or questions http://www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling
or call 816-220-4504.


Waste Disposal Task Force Public Meeting

clock October 20, 2011 18:04 by author Jeff Quibell

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Waste Disposal Task Force

Meeting Notice

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00 p.m.

City of Blue Springs

Howard L. Brown Public Safety Facility

1100 SW Smith St., Blue Springs, Missouri, 64015


Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

clock July 25, 2011 08:58 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015  —  P: 816.228.0110  —  F: 816.228.7592  —  W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              July 25, 2011

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission are sponsoring a mobile drive-up paper shredding event on July 30 from 9 -11a.m. at 10th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs in cooperation with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group.  Participants should enter the drive-up event from south 10th Street as access from the north will be blocked.
Blue Springs businesses and residents will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. No need to remove paper clips, staples, folders, plastic covers or binding. All paper collected during the event will be recycled.

“Blue Springs residents and business owners can dispose of their confidential files and documents safely at this event,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This paper shredding event is an opportunity for residents to reduce their potential for identity theft and support recycling in our community.”

For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at lgowdy@bluespringsgov.com.​

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Kim Nakahodo

Communications Manager

City of Blue Springs, Mo.

903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:     (816) 655-0497

               (816) 651-6449

Fax:         (816) 228-7592

Email:      knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

www.bluespringsgov.com


Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

clock April 12, 2011 14:14 by author Jeff Quibell

City Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2011

Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Pink Hill Park located at 2715 NW Park Road in Blue Springs, MO, just west of James Lewis Elementary School off North 7 Highway.

Those attending the event are asked to access Pink Hill Park using Park Road, located on the south side of the park. Traffic to the Pink Hill Park Recycling center is expected to be impacted due to the popularity of this event. The Pink Hill Park Recycling Center is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a full Household Hazardous Waste event which means items that will be accepted include: automotive fluids, batteries, CFL light bulbs, household cleaners, hazardous liquids and solvents, lawn and garden products, pesticides, pool chemicals, paints and related products. Explosives, tires, asbestos, and yard, medical and commercial waste will not be accepted at any Household Hazardous Waste mobile event.

This event is free to Blue Springs residents as well as other participating communities in the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.

For those unable to attend this event, permanent drop-off facilities for these materials are available to Blue Springs residents year-round at the Kansas City Recycling Facility, at 4707 Deramus, in the east river bottoms, (816) 513-8400 or the Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park, 2101 SE Hamblin Rd, (816) 969-7516. Please contact these facilities directly for directions and hours of operation. Appointments are required at drop-off facilities.

For more information on this program or for other participating community’s event locations and times, contact Nadja Karpilow at the Mid-America Regional Council at (816) 701-8226, visit the City’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com/hhwaste or call the recycling hotline at (816) 228-0228. For additional questions or to volunteer at the event, please contact Jim Holley, Blue Springs Community Development, (816) 228-0124.

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