In addition to this main event, those dropping off their recyclables at the Bagnell Dam recycling operation at 43 Valley Drive in Lake Ozark may have noticed that they received a packet of flower seeds.

As Earth Day approaches, local recycling company Laclede Industries has initiated several programs with the goal of “making every day Earth Day”.

Laclede Industries CEO Linda Kimrey says that their main event will be held in Lebanon, and is open to residents of Missouri’s Solid Waste Management District T. District T encompasses all of Miller, Camden and Laclede Counties. The April 22 Earth Day hazardous waste drop off will be hosted at the Lebanon Public Works at 401 South Jefferson Avenue in Lebanon. They will accept the following items:

• HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE items such as; paint supplies, light bulbs, batteries, pesticides, cleaners, etc. View the complete list of accepted HHW items on Laclede Industries website. 

• NON-HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE such as; paper (magazines, books, newspaper), tin, aluminum, plastic #1 & #2, as well as cardboard and box board material.

• E-WASTE such as ALL electronics and small appliances - corded and battery operated (excluding Old style TV’s and computer monitors) are being collected for FREE. While supplies last, vouchers for free disposal of one TV/monitor will be offered to each vehicle entering the event.  Vouchers are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Once vouchers are no longer available, old style TV’s and computer monitors will cost $15 per device for disposal.

• WHITE GOODS (large household appliances typically white in nature),

• PAPER SHREDDING services (max. 10 lbs per person),

• NO TIRES will be collected in 2017

• Drop off lawn & garden vegetation (leaves, limbs, grass/shrubbery clippings). Treated lumber, dirt or rocks are NOT accepted. FREE mulch and compost may be available while supplies last.

In addition to this main event, those dropping off their recyclables at the Bagnell Dam recycling operation at 43 Valley Drive in Lake Ozark may have noticed that they received a packet of flower seeds. People are encouraged to spread the joy of Earth’s natural beauty by planting these seeds and enjoying the flowers that bloom.

Laclede Industries takes in as much as 2.4 million pounds of recyclable materials a year. CEO Linda Kimrey says she thinks they could take in as much as 6-million pounds. They took in over 390,000 pounds from their Bagnell Dam operation alone.

“We build for capacity,” she said. “We currently have about a dozen commercial customers in the lake area, but we’re always looking for more. They just need to give us a call!”

They accomplish all of this work as a Sheltered Workshop. This means that they hire individuals with mental or physical disabilities who are unable to work in a competitive industry. They began with only 15 employees in 1974, and at present have expanded their operation to over 1,200 employees.

What happens with all of the waste they accrue? Kimrey says it gets baled, then sent all over the U.S. to mills that break it down into various products, such as carpet and harder plastics.

“We try to send our materials to the closer mills, but we’ve sent it out to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Chicago, even overseas.”

But above all, Laclede Industries wants to stress the importance of getting the recycling to the appropriate agencies. The key is to start small and make simple but important changes in your everyday life. Begin by exploring the following R’s – Reduce, Reuse. Recycle, Respect, Refuse, Renew, Responsibility, Rethink, Replant and Restore.