The solid curbside recycling rate in Olathe is something to be celebrated.
It provides a good lesson for other Johnson County cities that they can do better when it comes to keeping household items and yard waste out of landfills.
As a recent story in 913 noted, Olathe has had years of success in the area of curbside recycling. The yard waste is composted. And the city saves money because less trash has to be hauled to dumps and the recyclables provide a little revenue, too.
The stance of Olathe residents stands in contrast to some others in Johnson County who don’t like rules meant to keep yard waste out of a local landfill.
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Cities must be proactive in extending the lives of dumps, and restricting yard waste is an excellent way to do that.
As we have noted before, Missouri banned such waste from landfills more than two decades ago. Homeowners now mulch their grass or have yard waste hauled away for composting. The ban is working as intended.
In Olathe, residents have done a good job of getting involved with recycling that goes beyond yard waste.
Overall, the city recently posted a 41.1 percent residential waste diversion rate, meaning it’s keeping roughly two-fifths of its trash and yard waste out of landfills.
Perhaps the best part of Olathe’s story comes in reviewing how people feel about the practice. They embrace curbside recycling; a recent survey showed that 95 percent participated in the practice at some point during the year.
Olathe has been a leader in this environmentally friendly practice for many years. It’s good to see the city continue to set the pace in Johnson County.