We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to. – Terri Swearingen

Recycle Those Old Electronics – October 21st, 2017 (CORRECTION)

Due to an unexpected problem, Surplus Exchange is currently not able to partner in E-Waste collection events in 2017.  Therefore, it has been necessary to cancel this previously scheduled event.  We greatly regret any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.  Please consult www.recyclespot.org for information on possible e-waste disposal sites and dates in the metropolitan area.


Why Bees are Disappearing

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

See Marla Spivak’s revealing TED talk.

Get your garden ready with local pesticide-free compost

MissouriOrganicSpring has sprung and many of you are looking forward to planting a vegetable garden or updating your landscape.  Getting pesticide-free compost and mulch is easy if you’re in the Kansas City area.  Just head to Missouri Organic!

Every year they save more than 32 million pounds of food waste from area landfills, which is enough to cover 15 football fields a foot deep. They combine this food waste with a portion of the more than 150,000 cubic yards of brush brought to their facilities to create 27,000 tons of compost annually.

“Our mission is to produce the highest quality products that our customer can depend on year after year. We’re a family-owned company and the largest state permitted recycling facility in Missouri. Our products are environmentally safe and our rigorous quality control system ensures a rich mixture that’s disease free, weed free and free of harmful pathogens. Our trademark is the consistent color and texture. At least once a year, we do a random test of our compost for pesticides and herbicide contaminations.We’ve never detected any contamination in our compost.”

Missouri Organic sells both to wholesale accounts (think farmers and landscapers) and the home gardener.  Check out their products on their website.