Kansas City does not offer curbside recycling to residential buildings with six units or more, which makes recycling difficult for many residents. But the Deramus Recycling Center is a tidy, convenient option for those living downtown with a car and the willingness to make the short trip.
The containers at Deramus are monitored and protected from the weather which leads to a higher value of reclaimed materials than some of the bins downtown. Deramus also features a collection container for scrap metal that you cannot find at most recycling centers.
But the best part of the trip is checking out the sites along the East Bottoms. Check out some of the landmarks below:
The Arlington-Swift-Burlington (ASB) Bridge was built in 1911. Cars traveled on the upper deck until the Heart of America Bridge opened in 1987.
The new Kit Bond Bridge opened in 2007.
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The Veolia Energy coal plant - built in 1903 - supplies steam for heat and chilled water for air conditioning to approximately 60 commercial buildings downtown. Many Kansas Citians would like to see it shut down - for good reasons, it's pumping out a lot of pollutants into a densely populated area - but it's a great old building.