DeAun Michael | Reporter
OSAGE CITY—Recycling has become even more convenient for
Osage City area residents thanks to the combined efforts of
the city of Osage City and Osage County and the recent addition
of new recycling bins in the city.
Osage City Manager Nick Hernandez has announced the recycling
trailer and bins purchased in cooperation with the county have
arrived and been placed into operation at Osage City’s
street department at Ninth and Main streets.
“The recycling bins were just put into use and we have
had a lot of people that have already used them,” Hernandez
“The city is working with the county on pickups in order
to make sure the bins are always empty and ready to serve the
citizens,” he said.
The bins are each marked for specific recyclables and there
are guidelines in place regarding which products can be placed
in the bins.
The city asks that all items be rinsed and sorted by color.
Lids, plastic or metal rings, foam and lead labels or crimped
foil should be discarded. If possible, labels should be removed
from glass and metal.
Recyclables accepted include:
• Plastic HDPE-2 (clear): Examples include milk, water
and juice jugs, shampoo bottles, dish and laundry containers,
and grocery and trash bags.
• Plastic PETE-1 (colored): Examples include 2-liter soda
bottles, cooking oil bottles, margarine and Cool Whip containers.
• Glass (clear and colored): This includes unbroken glass
separated by clear or colored. Examples are pop bottles, pickle
jars, drinking glasses, and ketchup bottles.
• Magazines (colored paper): Among the acceptable items
in this bin are phone books, junk mail, magazines, and catalogs.
• Office paper (white): This bin will accommodate
office and school papers, shredded paper and receipts.
• Newspaper: No colored inserts are accepted in
this bin. Newspapers placed in the bin will be made available
to the Kiwanis Club to assist with their paper recycling program.
• Tin cans: This includes soup and vegetable cans, fruit
cans and coffee cans, rinsed and not flattened.
• Aluminum: Beverage cans should be rinsed and not flattened.
The cardboard recycling trailer has also been moved to this
location for the convenience of city residents. Broken down
and folded flat cardboard including boxes, paper sacks, and
cereal boxes are acceptable in the trailer.
Hernandez explained when weather permits, the city intends to
add an exit point at the recycling location so residents utilizing
the facility can enter off of Ninth Street and exit more conveniently
onto Main Street.
City staff has been very impressed with the response to the
new recycling bins, Hernandez said.
For the city, this will be a positive step towards diverting
more recyclables from the landfill, he said. The landfill savings
is expected to eventually pay for the cost of the recycling
For anyone wishing to learn more about recycling, literature
is available at the city office that includes all of the guidelines
and materials being accepted at the Osage City recycling bins.
For additional information on the Osage County recycling program,
visit www.osageco.org and click on the link for the road and
bridge department, which oversees the county’s recycling