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The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley of Andover also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent exposure to a hazardous air pollutant.

U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said in a news release that Riley admitted storing paints, solvents and other chemicals containing ethyl benzene, an air pollutant, at his Integrated Plastics Solutions company.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state's recycling rate has risen from about 18 percent in 2005 to 34 percent by the end of last year.

The agency says the numbers reflect the percent of waste that ends up in recycling facilities instead of landfills.

The KDHE's Bureau of Waste Management director Bill Bider says the recycling rate has improved each year over the last decade.

KDHE added that the per capita daily disposal rate has dropped by about a fourth since 2005, to about 4 pounds per day.

What is being called a "community sustainability" event will be part of the annual KidFest this Saturday in Expo Hall at Century II in downtown Wichita, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Green Zone will feature family-friendly activities in an effort to encourage people to conserve water, save energy, recycle, improve air quality and garden.

Free vehicle-emission testing will be available. 

Schools Receive $83,000 For Recycling Projects

May 2, 2013

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has awarded grants totaling nearly $83,000 to 27 of the state's public schools for recycling-related projects.

The department the grants were awarded for the next school year and will help pay for recycling bins, composting programs, programs for handling cafeteria waste and field trips to recycling centers. Schools from across the state won grants from $750 t0 $4500.

Nearby schools that won grants include:

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The mission of WIRE or Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment is to identify the priority concerns around the environment for citizens of Wichita and then help them engage in those types of activities.

The group recently created a two-minute animated video to encourage citizens to take advantage of recycling opportunities. 

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The Wichita City Council adopted a new solid waste and recycling plan in November 2012 that requires all trash haulers to offer recycling services for items such as paper, plastic and aluminum.

In an effort to increase recycling, a new video has been released by WIRE, Wichita Initiative To Renew the Environment.

The two-minute animated video was created to encourage citizens to take advantage of recycling opportunities that are now available and address issues about recycling: