Change is starting to happen around our community, and it’s an exciting thing to witness. To encourage continued positive ecological awareness in our community, participate in this change!

The farmers markets will be opening this weekend, so improve your nutrition and support our local economy. In Independence, the market is on Truman Road, between Main and Liberty streets just north of the Square, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. In Blue Springs, try out the farmer’s market at 11th and Main streets between 7 a.m. and noon Tuesdays and Saturdays. The difference in taste, quality and variety is noticeable. What’s not so noticeable is the difference in nutrition. Organic, free-range chickens and eggs are often also available.

Another big change happening in our community is the addition of a large recycling program. The Independence school system has partnered with Deffenbaugh Industries Inc, offering recycling at every school location. In its first month, the program initiated 29.79 tons of recycled materials, and after a communitywide awareness event in March, the amount of recycled materials almost tripled to 72.84 tons!
“It’s really going great,” said Nancy Lewis, director of public relations for the Independence School District.

Each school has the typical yellow container for paper and Deffenbaugh placed an additional green container for other recyclables, aluminum and plastic. The bins are for school families and the community’s use. Schools receive a cash rebate for the amount of materials recycled.

“For every ton collected from the school, they receive a cash amount,” Deffenbaugh spokesman Tom Coffman said. “We have new trucks with scales that weight the bins, enabling us to keep track of the amount.”

“Participation has far exceeded our initial expectations,” he added.

Incidentally, Deffenbaugh’s new trucks also emit significantly less carbon dioxide! Kudos to Deffenbaugh!
The school district partnered with Deffenbaugh due to its One Earth, One Chance School Recycling Program, which is open to any public or private elementary, middle or junior, or high school interested in raising money and raising of the environment and recycling.

Hopefully, Blue Springs School District will be next to get on this bandwagon for a Green win-win-win situation! You, as a person in the community, can help make that change happen. Call the Blue Springs School District and offer the suggestion!

A lot is talked about in terms of what needs to happen in order for change to occur. It looks like our community is headed in the right direction. It now takes you to participate. Remember Gandhi’s words of wisdom, “Be the change you want to see.”