Ripple Glass bin coming to Aldi in Roeland Park; Community Blood Center needs donations; Kansas Chamber Leadership Class members

Ripple Glass will place a recycling bin in the parking lot of the Roeland Park Aldi. Ripple used to have a bin in the Lowe's parking lot across the street, but it was recently removed. Photo credit city of Roeland Park.

Ripple Glass bin coming to Aldi in Roeland Park

A big purple bin is coming back to Roeland Park this morning. Ripple Glass is placing a glass recycling bin in the parking lot of Roeland Park’s Aldi, 4801 Roe Lane. To celebrate the new bin, Ripple Glass will pass out reusable recycling bags from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 5.

The city discussed the state of glass recycling at a city council meeting last month, at which Ripple representatives said the company was working to bring the city a new bin. The last bin the city had was located at Lowe’s, and had to be removed due to issues outside of Ripple’s and Roeland Park’s authority. Additionally, the city is exploring curbside glass recycling with Ripple Glass.

Community Blood Center announces urgent need for donors as fears of coronavirus keep healthy donors away

The Community Blood Center is calling on healthy blood and platelet donors and community partners to help strengthen the region’s blood supply by maintaining their calendar of upcoming blood drives. The center has seen a growing number of canceled drives for March as hosts take precautions in response to the coronavirus outbreak. In anticipation of rolling cancellations of drives, CBC is seeking to double the blood reserves now so that it can prevent shortages. The center noted that donating blood is safe and, as always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. The center is discouraging blood donations from anyone who has traveled to areas with coronavirus outbreaks.

Three Overland Park residents join Kansas Chamber’s 2020 Leadership Kansas Class

The Kansas Chamber on announced Monday its 2020 Leadership Kansas class, which includes three Overland Park residents.  Marshaun Butler, VP of Clinical Support Services and CMHK Operations at Children’s Mercy Hospital; Charles Gravitt, President and Managing Partner of AJM Transport Inc.; and Tiffany Stovall, Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Manufacturing Solutions will participate in the program this year. Leadership Kansas is a nationally recognized program focused on developing and motivating Kansas leaders from across the state.