City’s 2014 waste diversion rate hits a new high

Olathe residents continue diverting more waste from the landfill. The City of Olathe waste diversion rate for 2014 is 41.10 percent, up from 38.29 percent in 2013 and 37.67 percent in 2012. The national average is 34.50 percent.

Martin Luther King Day of Service for All Ages

Celebrate King’s birthday by helping with special projects for local nonprofit agencies from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 19, at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park.  Bring the family and drop-in and work as long as you choose.

2015 Olathe Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration January 15

Join the City of Olathe, Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC), Olathe Public Schools, and community partners in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual celebration and awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.15, at Olathe Northwest High School (21300 W. 111th St).

Weathering winter weather

As cold conditions blanket the metro, remember these winter weather tips:

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event January 10

All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off their unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event January 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive behind Public Works and Customer Service.

Recycle your Christmas tree and holiday lights

Consider recycling your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over.

Reduce waste during the holidays

Household waste increases more than 25 percent during the holidays. Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a greener holiday season with these tips:

Foster a pet this holiday season

The Olathe Animal Shelter is looking to place pets this holiday season as part of the National "Home for the Holidays" pet fostering program. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging pet adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving the pet a permanent home. 

Snow Brigade in need of volunteers

The City of Olathe is seeking volunteers for the Snow Brigade. The program matches volunteers with elderly and disabled Olathe residents to assist with snow removal from driveways and sidewalks. Volunteers are assigned one or more resident locations to remove snow from the driveway and/or sidewalk when there is two or more inches of snow.

Dorr Family Light Show

The Dorr Family Light Display, featuring 41,000 lights and more than 16 million color combinations has a new home at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. The 16 minute drive-up show is filled with animation, elves and music played through your vehicle radio. The show will run through New Year’s Eve on Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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