Call The Cordish Companies to Provide Recycling Receptacles in Power and Light

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Summer 2018

To The Cordish Companies-

One month ago I began working at a coffee shop located in the Power and Light District. I recently moved to the Kansas City area as well, so when I began working in the Power and Light District, I was excited to see the innovation and sustainability that characterized the city as a whole. To my shock I discovered that a practice that characterizes other metropolitan areas in the United States is not represented in the Power and Light District: recycling.

The West Coast of the United States is leading the nation in reducing waste, setting an example that Kansas City should follow. Californian cities are reducing their waste by up to 80%. Cities such as San Francisco make it easy for their citizens to recycle, providing receptacles for businesses and personal property owners to separate recyclables and compost from waste.

Every time I have to tell a customer that we do not recycle at our store, the response is always, “What a shame.” Customers and employees hurt every time they are forced to throw away their plastic cups, aluminum cans, and empty pizza boxes. Our business receives new product shipments every week, and we are forced to throw away the cardboard boxes that these shipments come in. Consider the amount of waste that could be avoided in the Power and Light District alone if recycling receptacles were provided alongside trash receptacles. The public's perception of your business would become more positive if you embraced this practice, and the companies that are located in Power and Light would appreciate your environmental consciousness.

Currently there are no recycling bins located in the Power and Light District. It is infeasible and unsustainable for businesses to even consider recycling. In short, businesses are forced not to recycle. Recycling services are being provided by Kansas City for residential areas, and there are even  consultation services for businesses interested in recycling. Cordish Companies, your website says that you are committed to sustainability. When the city that you are invested in makes it so easy to be sustainable, why is your company not spearheading innovation and sustainability in recycling?

Cordish Companies, will you please make it possible for businesses and customers in the Power and Light District to begin recycling? Will you please schedule a consultation with Bridging the Gap or another recycling agency so that you can begin to embrace environmentally sustainable practices in Power and Light?

I and many others believe that you can make it easier for Kansas City to be on the frontlines of developing environmentally sustainable practices in the United States.

Thank you,

A Concerned Power and Light District Employee


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