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Try these zero-waste ideas for all those pumpkins

If your Halloween pumpkins are rotting on the porch, here are some zero-waste options and composting events to give them a second life and keep food waste out of the landfill.

Pumpkins make up a large part seasonal food waste between Halloween and Thanksgiving. According to the US Department of Energy, most of the 1.3-billion pounds of pumpkins […]

Escape to best places for fall foliage & wildlife

Enjoy nature’s fall foliage display on hiking trails, driving tours or even a vintage train ride adventure in the Midwest and beyond.

In Missouri, find the best locations for catching the brilliant colors of fall maples, oaks, hickory and ash trees in the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Fall Colors: Latest Reports & Best Places. Conservationists […]

Where can you donate books for reuse?

If you’ve got a growing pile of books that need a new home, here’s how you can donate them to libraries, schools and children’s back-pack programs.

Several Kansas City area libraries and non-profit organizations will accept new and gently-used book donations. Friends of the Library groups resell donated books and out-of-circulation library books at pop-up sales […]

Winterize rain barrels with 3 easy steps

As Midwest weather begins dipping into freezing temperatures, follow this simple advice to prevent your rain barrel from turning into a giant ice cube and to keep it low-maintenance year round.

Rain barrels have become increasingly popular in helping to conserve water use in the garden. They usually require very little care, but a few season-ending tasks […]

Find an electronics recycling event near you

Donate your unused or older electronics at one of several recycling events in the Kansas City metro area or at nationwide locations, and give them a second life as refurbished equipment or reusable parts.

Most recycling events will take computers, laptops, keyboards, speakers, routers, modems, webcams, network hubs, cell phones, charging cables, phone systems, shredders, fax […]