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Posted on: October 8, 2010

[ARCHIVED] City Honored With American Planning Association Award

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Mo., has been recognized for outstanding work in the field of planning by the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Community Development Department received recognition for the Blue Springs Recycling Program at the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association Annual Conference on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Selected as the Special Community Initiative Award winner, the recycling program was recognized for its quality, effectiveness and future expansion plans. This program was developed with guidance from The Solid Waste Management Commission, the Blue Community Visioning/Quality of Life Key Performance Area task force, the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District, feedback from the resident survey data and a cooperative planning effort between the Mayor, City Council members and City staff.

"The professional recognition of the Blue Springs Recycling Program affirms the commitment of the community, elected officials and the Solid Waste Management Commission's passion in promoting the sustainability of Blue Springs, Mo.," said Scott Allen, director of the Community Development Department. "The Community Development staff is appreciative of the on-going support of this city-wide effort."

In July 2010, Blue Springs opened its first recycling center in Pink Hill Park. This center was made possible due to several resident-lead strategic planning initiatives, city support and grant funding. The Recycling Center is a key component to the City of Blue Springs’ commitment to the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District’s goal of achieving 80% waste diversion by 2023.

For more information, contact Scott Allen at (816) 228-0211.

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