Central to our mission is our commitment to equip and mobilize the community. Our goal is to facilitate the journey from hand-outs (emergency relief) in crisis, to hand-ups (individual betterment) for those ready to rise above their circumstances, to hand-offs (community development) to indigenous leaders of a transformed community.
Mattress Recycling Initiative
At the Business Training Center, Avenue of Life is using recycling to create jobs for individuals with barriers to employment. Our first initiative is Mattress Recycling. Employees and interns deconstruct recycled mattresses, diverting waste from the landfills, and then sell the commodities to be used in the manufacturing of new products!
Avenue of Life began partnering with the MARC Solid Waste Management District in 2013 to assist the city of Kansas City in recycling used diverted mattresses and box springs, which were beginning to be a problem for the landfills. Since launching our mattress recycling initiative, we have continued to connect with community leaders and organizations in the Kansas City region and learn about further areas we can assist our cities, regions, and states in meeting recycling goals. Learn about a couple of our partners below!
* The Business Training Center will be closed from September 27-30th, during which time it will be unable to accept drop-offs
Drop Off ($10 per unit)
Drop off hours at the Business Training Center (5117 E 31st Street, Kansas City, MO 64128) are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm. No appointment is needed.
MARC Solid Waste Management Partnership
Avenue of Life is a collaborative partner with the MARC Solid Waste Management District, which serves as a regional solid waste planning agency for local governments in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray Counties in Missouri.
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Call Kim Bryan at (816) 787-7118 with any questions!