Southeast Enterprises is Looking for Sponsors for the 2015-2016 KC Recycle Lights’ Holiday Light Recycling Drive
Megan Gurera, Business Development Director
Phone Number: (816) 353-2704
Kansas City, MO – Thursday, August 20, 2015 – The Holiday Light Recycling Drive, now entering its fifth year, grew from humble beginnings. In 2011, Southeast launched its first drive with the intent of providing work opportunities for its employees with developmental disabilities and diverting solid waste from local landfills. That first year, Southeast collected approximately 500 pounds of lights from 11 locations.
From 2012 through 2014, Southeast aggressively pursued partnerships with a variety of schools, businesses, and organizations throughout the Great Kansas City Area. The response from the community was overwhelming and Southeast ultimately has collected over 110,000 lbs. pounds of light from over 170 different locations, the past three years.
During November 14, 2015 through January 16, 2016, Southeast Enterprises, a local nonprofit sheltered workshop that employs over 165 adults with developmental disabilities, will partner with over 180 locations throughout the Kansas City area to provide drop-off sites where the public can bring their non-working holiday lights for recycling. Once collected, most of Southeast’s employees will work to prepare the lights for recycling.
Last year, the combined efforts of Southeast, sponsors and citizens throughout the Greater Kansas City Area helped to save nearly 45,000 pounds of holiday lights from the landfill and keep Southeast’s employees working throughout the calendar year.
From November 14, 2015, through January 16, 2016, collection containers will be placed at participating locations throughout the Greater Kansas City Area for drop-off. Sponsors/Partners, so far, include MARC Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Fox4, Black & Veatch, Mid-Continent Public Library, Greenability Magazine, City Scrap Metal, UMKC, Jackson County, Missouri and the cities of Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Raytown, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas.
Transportation costs have risen and we need help to do what we do. Southeast is excited to build on its success and collect over 40,000 additional pounds of lights with the help from many sponsors and partners. If you’re thinkin’ green, please become an official sponsor and host a collection site.
Although the 2014 – 2015 Holiday Lights Recycling Drive has ended, you may recycle any used lights at our facility all year long.Southeast Enterprises 6701 Booth Ave. PO BOX 9473 Kansas City, MO 64133
We are located on 67th St between Blue Ridge Cutoff and James A. Reed Rd, just off of MO 350 Hwy. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. If mailing lights to Southeast, please make sure to have PO BOX 9473 in the address or we will not receive your lights.
Thank you for your help and support!
Holiday Lights Recycling in the Kansas City Region
Southeast and its community partners are excited to build on the success of last year’s drive and hope to collect and recycle over 60,000 pounds of holiday lights between 11/14/14 and 1/20/15 (Walmart locations will be accepting lights until 12/31/14). In addition to keeping holiday lights out of the landfill, we have the benefit of providing challenging work for over 170 employees with developmental disabilities. Look for our collection containers inside over 165 participating schools, businesses, recycling centers, and community organizations.
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Here is how the drive works:
From November 14th, 2015 through January 16th, 2016 a collection container will be delivered to retail stores, businesses and other collection sites.
- Southeast will pick up full containers and exchange them for empty ones weekly.
- There is no fee or expense to participate in the program.
- 100% of holiday lights we collect will be recycled.