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SEK Recycling, celebrating 20 years; proud of its past, concerned about its future as reliable recycling prices drop sharply, causing funding concerns

The center provides numerous services regardless of if you reside in Kansas or Missouri. Services include paper shredding, aluminum beverage can recycling, clothing and bedding drop off, electronic waste, and household hazardous waste recycling.

This year is the 20th anniversary of theSoutheast Kansas recycling center. Members of the non-profit provided an update on its operation to the Pittsburg City Commission Tuesday at its bi-weekly meeting. KRPS's Fred fletcher-Fierro has more.

Unlike many recycling centers in the Four States, the SEK recycling center isn't operated by the city or municipality. It's a non-profit run by community members partially funded by a restore that sells second-hand items and sells recycled items such as glass, aluminum, and cardboard.

SEK Recycling Center member Nancy Scott highlighted the center's main goal Tuesday night.

"In 2022, 915 tons, and let me say that again, tons of material were processed through our center and kept out of our landfills."

Nancy also emphasized that a change in consumer demand had strained one aspect of the recycling center.

The rise of online purchases has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of cardboard the center receives. Six months ago, a bail of cardboard sold for $185. Due to the influx in cardboard, today the price has dropped to just $5 a bail, which has led the center to stockpile bales in hopes that the market will rebound. For 89 9 KRPS News, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.
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