OLATHE, Kan. — The City of Olathe has launched a new food waste pilot program to convert table scraps into nutrient rich soil. 

Instead of dropping food into the garbage to send to the landfill, residents can now drop off their food waste at a collection kiosk at 1100 N Hedge Lane. A photo ID will be required to show proof of residency. 

The city has partnered with Missouri Organic Recycling to collect food waste multiple times a week and transport it to their facility in Liberty, Missouri, where the food scraps will be composted. 

A variety of food scraps can be disposed of at the drop off site including: 

  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Shellfish and bones
  • Egg and dairy products
  • Table scraps
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, dough, pasta and grains
  • Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags

Residents interested in participating in the pilot program should fill out the food waste information form on the city’s website to receive more information. 

If the pilot is successful, the city intends to launch a full-scale program later this year.