Kansas City to close recycling center near old Metro North Mall

Planning new site in Northland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There will be one less place to recycle in Kansas City, at least temporarily, come Saturday when the city will close its recycling center near the old Metro North Mall at 8729 North Summit Street.

The city said the owners of the old Metro North Mall are redeveloping the property and their plans include using the current recycling center site.

The city plans to open a new recycling center in the Northland in 2019. Right now, it is searching for the proper location. 

“We need a spot that is easily accessible to the public, easy to find. It has to be large enough to get cars in and out of the center at the same time and to drop the big roll-off boxes. And we bring pretty heavy equipment in to pick up those roll-off boxes after they're full, so we have to have a site that's suitable for building a pretty thick pad on,” explained Forest Decker, a manager for Kansas City, Missouri’s neighborhoods and housing services department.

The Metro North recycling site is the city’s oldest recycling center. It opened in 1991. 

There are two other recycling centers in Kansas City: 4707 Deramus Ave. and 5200 E. Red Bridge Rd. They are both open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The centers accept everything you normally put in your curbside bin, and other items such as glass and clothes you can’t put in a curbside container. 

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