Anyone planning an event for a neighborhood or the whole community might want to consider a new program sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services.
It is called Community Bin and the purpose is to provide containers for beverage bottles and cans to organizers of special events. The 55-gallon bins are available at no cost.
“We identified a need for this service because more and more big events are being held throughout the community,” said Sarah Krom, Sunflower community supports coordinator. “The bottles and cans can be placed in our bins instead of the trash that would be tossed into the landfill.”
Earlier, Sunflower had been asked to provide containers at Expo Complex events. However, the containers it had on hand were too small.
“The bins we had in stock wouldn’t have worked very well,” Krom said. “So, we made a grant request to the Barton County Solid Waste Department. We are so thankful the county stepped up to meet this funding need.”
While community service is important to Sunflower, Krom said, the non-profit agency also wants to provide more job opportunities to people with developmental delays and disabilities.
“As Community Bin has a chance to catch on, several more positions would open up in our recycling operation,” Krom explained. “For example, the containers will be prepared for the next customers, and more recyclables means more people can help with the processing of materials.”
There are 20 containers available and reservations must be made. At least 10 containers are required to request possible delivery/pickup service.
Containers should be clean when returned, and event organizers are responsible for taking recyclables to Sunflower Recycling unless other arrangements have been made.
“We anticipate this service will become a welcome addition to large events,” Krom commented. “It will minimize costs and help organizers manage waste materials. I encourage event planners to think about Community Bin and make reservations as far in advance as possible.”
For more information or to reserve containers, contact Krom by calling 620-792-1321.
Sunflower serves people with developmental disabilities and delays in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties. It is celebrating its 50thanniversary this year.