Mission Woods offering curbside glass recycling to all residents; company offers individual pickup in other cities as well

Westwood resident Jamie Arnold, the owner of Glass Bandit recycling service, and Nancy, the Glass Bandit mascot.
Westwood resident Jamie Arnold, the owner of Glass Bandit curbside recycling service, and Nancy, the Glass Bandit mascot.

Mission Woods will become the first city in northeast Johnson County to offer curbside glass recycling to its residents.

Starting in March, Mission Woods residents can set out glass every other week on the same day as their trash pickup. The city is partnering with a new business, Glass Bandit, started by Westwood resident Jamie Arnold.

The glass recycling pickup is available to residents in other cities as well on an individual basis, but Mission Woods is the first city to provide it as a service to all of its homes. The 90-day trial between Glass Bandit and Mission Woods starts March 6. Collection days are posted on the city’s web site.

Mission Woods Mayor Robert Tietze said the response has been positive among Mission Woods residents. “This is the final piece we could add to it (trash and recycling services),” Tietze said. “I can hear glass in the trash containers (on pickup days). That means not everyone is taking their glass to be recycled, he said.

The mayor said Arnold had contacted the city to get permission to start offering the glass pickup to individual homes. “We asked them to come back with a proposal,” Tietze said, to do the whole city. That led to the agreement for the city to contract for the service. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity to serve Mission Woods,” Arnold said.

Arnold said he was surprised after moving to Westwood from Cleveland that glass isn’t picked up. “Glass recycling was a standard service” in the east, he said. “I don’t really consider myself an environmentalist,” Arnold said, “we’re just recognizing the appeal” for this service. He started the business last July.

Arnold takes the glass to a Ripple glass recycling bin. Glass Bandit provides 18-gallon bins for the home with no deposit. The Mission Woods pickups will start about 8 a.m. on the alternating Fridays. Residents in Westwood, Westwood Hills, Fairway and Leawood can sign up for the service as individuals. Pickups in those cities are every other Sunday morning, starting about 8:30 a.m.

Arnold, who is working another full-time job and is an MBA student at UMKC, gets help from his wife and brother in the collections. He said Prairie Village and Mission would be next logical expansion sites. People who are interested in the service can sign up on the Glass Bandit site or pre-register for service if they live in a city not yet served.