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Solid Waste Management Plan




In Kansas, counties are responsible for solid waste planning, and in Johnson County this is done through the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee who develop a solid waste management plan (SWMP). The Board of County Commissioners formally adopts the SWMP after a required public hearing, and it is ultimately approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to become official.  As required by Kansas law, the plan is reviewed annually to track the completion of and progress towards short and long term goals that are called out in the SWMP.


2019 Solid Waste Management Plan

Key Elements of the 2019 Plan:

  • New Household Hazardous Waste facility
  • Evaluation of infrastructure to manage organic waste
  • Expanding education and outreach to continue to reduce contamination and increase recycling
  • Explorer multi-family housing recycling
  • Commercial hauling
  • Continue to work with cities and HOAs

2019 Solid Waste Management Plan

Previous Plans

Key Elements of the 2013 Solid Waste Management Plan edition

  1. Promote expansion of the existing commercial recycling infrastructure through education and awareness.
  2. Work closely with the reuse and repurposing industry, regional haulers, recyclers, and public officials to increase reuse and recovery of renovation, construction and demolition waste materials.
  3. Work with the cities, homeowners associations, the unincorporated areas, and the private sector to increase residential participation in recycling.
  4. Continue to coordinate education efforts through public private partnerships.
  5. Provide a leadership role for solid waste reduction in the county. Lead by example by reviewing county operations to identify and implement waste reduction opportunities.
  6. Coordinate with nearby county and regional partners in evaluating and implementing waste reduction strategies.
  7. Seek stable funding for reduction programs
  8. Conduct, where appropriate and where county resources allow, a cost benefit analysis of future solid waste reduction programs.

Previous versions of the Solid Waste Management Plan can be obtained by contacting Brandon Hearn 913-715-6936

Solid Waste Management Code

The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Code is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Johnson County. It provides uniform and prudent regulations of solid waste within the county, from its generation through its collection, storage, transportation, processing, treatment, and disposal. The Code requires licenses and permits at the county level for the collection and transportation of solid waste, and for the operation of solid waste processing facilities. It also provides procedures for investigation and resolution of the improper disposal of solid waste in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County.

Johnson County Code of Regulations for Solid Waste Management 2010 Edition

Waste Characterization Study

Every few years JCDHE conducts a waste characterization study to see how the overall waste stream of Johnson County has changed since the 2006 waste study. As with the 2006 study, three sites were selected within the county, including the Johnson County Landfill, the City of Olathe Transfer Station, and the APAC-Reno Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill. Representative samples were taken from each location and analyzed to see what the Johnson County waste stream is comprised of, which then allows JCDHE staff to incorporate that information into future solid waste planning efforts. Some of the main waste streams included (percentage by weight):

  • Total Paper Fibers- 30%
  • Food- 23%
  • Total Plastics- 18%
  • Glass- 4.8%
  • Yard Waste- 3%

To request a copy of either the 2006 or 2015 Waste Characterization studies please contact Brandon Hearn 913-715-6936

Solid Waste Disposal Facility and Processing Facility Permitting

Anyone wanting to operate a solid waste disposal facility or a processing facility in Johnson County must be permitted. The Environment Division accepts permit applications for:

  • Sanitary Landfills
  • Waste Processing Facilities
  • Tree and Brush Landfills
  • Solid Waste Transfer Stations
  • Materials Recovery Facilities
  • Composting Facilities
  • Industrial, Demolition and/or Construction Landfills

Find application forms for landfill operation on the Forms and Fees page.

Illegal Dumping

furniture dumped on side of roadIllegal dumping complaints in Johnson County are handled by the Department of Health and Environment and/or the Johnson County Planning and Codes Department. The Johnson County Public Works Department also handles illegal dumping complaints for solid waste found along the county unincorporated roadway easements.

Examples of illegal dumping complaints include:

  • trash and wood debris brought in from off site
  • orphaned containers such as one-gallon, five-gallon, or even 55-gallon drums
  • waste tires
  • household waste
  • construction/demolition debris

If you witness illegal dumping occurring, please contact 9-1-1 and report the activity. If you observe illegally dumped solid waste, please report the dumpsite by completing the online form for environmental pollution or by calling 913-715-6900.

Solid Waste Management Committee

The Solid Waste Management Committee is responsible for the preparation and oversight of a Solid Waste Management Plan. The Plan provides for the safe and environmentally sound management of solid waste within the county's boundaries and serves all solid waste generators within the county. The Solid Waste Management Committee meets bi-monthly to discuss solid waste issues and oversee the Solid Waste Plan in order to plan for long term issues in solid waste.

Solid Waste Management Committee Members

VACANT, Cities of the First Class
Mr. Dave Drovetta, Chairperson, Cities of the Second Class
Mr. Daniel Jones, Private Industry
Ms. Kate Collum, Cities of the Third Class
Mr. Mike Hey, Private Industry
Ms. Debbie Kring, Cities of the Second Class
VACANT, Cities of the Second Class
Ms. Anne Melia, Citizen Organization
Mr. Scott Martin, Private Industry
Mr. Paul Chaffee, Cities of the First Class
Mr. Raymond Manley, General Public
Ms. Lindsay James, Cities of the First Class
VACANT, Cities of the First Class
Mr. Don Siefert, Cities of the First Class
VACANT, Unincorporated Area


Meetings will be held according to the posted schedule, starting at 6:00 pm with a light dinner, followed by the formal meeting at 6:30 pm., Meetings will take place at the Sunset Drive Office Building located at 11811 S. Sunset Dr. in Olathe, unless otherwise noted

2021 Meeting Schedule

The September 8th SWMC meeting will once again be on Zoom. You can watch the meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/94364788954

  • January 13th- Zoom meeting
  • March 10th- Zoom meeting
  • May 12th- Zoom meeting
  • July 14th- In Person 
  • September 8th- Zoom meeting
  • November 17th

Summaries of Past Meetings

(Summaries of past meetings can be obtained by calling 913-715-6936)


(Past meeting agendas can be obtained by calling 913-715-6936)

Solid Waste



Residential Haulers

Curbside Recycling

Johnson County is made up of many wonderful cities that all desire to help their residents dispose of trash, recyclables, and hazardous materials. Below are a list of cities with links to the appropriate pages on their websites. For more information check your city website or give them a call.

Bonner Springs | Edgerton | Fairway | Gardner | Leawood | Lenexa | Merriam | Mission | Mission Hills | Mission Woods | Olathe | Overland Park | Prairie Village | Roeland Park | Shawnee | Spring Hill | Westwood

All residential waste haulers are required to maintain a license from JCDHE.

 Licensed Residential Waste Haulers


Johnson County Landfill

Johnson County LandfillThe Johnson County Landfill (JCL) is located in the north-central part of the city of Shawnee in Johnson County. The landfill is owned and operated by Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc. The first area at the JCL to be designed, constructed, and operated per Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D regulations was Phase 3 and this area opened up for disposal operations in November, 1995. Current landfilling occurs in Phase 1M and is expected to last until 2020. Phases 1, 2, and 4 were constructed many years prior to the 1991 Subtitle D regulation revisions. Landfill operations will then shift back to Phase 6 until 2043.

RCRA Subtitle D also resulted in a significant increase in the number of groundwater wells and monitoring activities at the JCL.

RCRA Subtitle D resulted in monitoring of landfill gas emissions around the perimeter of the landfill and inside any buildings at the landfill. In addition, the federal Clean Air Act regulations also restrict gas emissions from landfills. The JCL is inspected by the Johnson County air quality staff for compliance with the Clean Air Act. Because of the volume and quality of gas production at the landfill, the gas is used as an energy source, and an extensive gas collection system was installed and operational by the end of 1998. Currently, the landfill gas is being processed, treated, and distributed as an energy source.

KDHE and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) have been meeting with JCL staff regularly since 1993 to assure open communication between all and provide for a forum to discuss all landfill issues. KDHE and the Environment Division of the JCDHE work closely on the review of reports, drawings, and documents required under RCRA Subtitle D and compliance issues including such areas as monitoring of groundwater, well drilling and development, hydrogeological investigations, leachate collection system, storm water management, and groundwater contamination remediation projects.

Operational Permit

The JCL must have an operational permit from both JCDHE as well as KDHE. The JCDHE permit is issued annually and contains both general and specific operating requirements. The first  permit issued by Johnson County to JCL was on January 29, 1982. KDHE began permitting the JCL in 1978.

Landfill Inspections

Starting in 1982, quarterly inspections by JCDHE have taken place at the JCL. Currently, JCDHE and KDHE co-inspect the JCL two times per year. Inspections are based on the KDHE solid waste regulations which include visual inspection of landfill waste disposal operations such as working face area, asbestos disposal, special waste disposal, white goods area with freon collection, composting site, the construction/demolition landfill, and the random waste screening program. A review of records is also performed. An inspection letter is prepared by the Environment Division specifying those areas needing attention or correction. KDHE issues a compliance/non-compliance report.

Groundwater Monitoringgroundwater monitoring

Groundwater monitoring is required at the JCL based on an extensive set of state regulations covering groundwater monitoring systems, applicability, and design. The JCL first installed groundwater wells in 1988 for quarterly sampling and lab testing analysis. Groundwater monitoring wells have continuously been added to the monitoring well system based on landfill expansion. A total of about 45 active monitoring wells are currently used to monitor groundwater movement and quality at the landfill. Each new phase that is opened requires extensive groundwater testing and monitoring.

Water Quality Monitoring

Hayes Creek flows through the JCL and is sampled three times per year at three locations: upstream of landfill activities, center of the landfill, and downstream of the landfill. The water which seeps through the landfill is referred to as leachate and is collected within a leachate collection system. The leachate is sampled annually from each of the six phases of the landfill, as well as the French drain collection system.


Disposal Options

It can be difficult to dispose of some items. We encourage you to look for responsible options that help to protect the environment. We offer some advice here. Please call our office at 913-715-6907 if you have questions about any disposal.

Tree and Brush Debris

The first thing you should do is contact your City Hall office for disposal options. A few cities, such as Olathe, have a free drop-off location for tree limbs and brush if you reside in the city. Most cities will have disposal options for tree and brush debris following a major storm event. It can be hauled to the Olathe composting site. There is no charge for Olathe residents but there is a fee for non-residents. A landscaping company or waste hauler can pick up the debris for a fee. It can also be cut up or mulched and composted or used for landscaping. If possible, a brush pile can be open burned after calling the local fire department and/or JCDHE for an open burning permit.

Open Burning Information

Large Appliances

Many cities have special bulky item pickup events during the year. Your waste hauler usually has a bulky item pickup once a month or several times a year. The items can be hauled to the Johnson County Landfill or the Olathe Transfer Station within the County. Many bulky items may be recyclable. Visit MARC's RecycleSpot for recycling locations. Items can also be hauled to a reuse store such as Habitat for Humanity or Habitat Kansas City Restore. Large appliances with CFCs need special attention for proper handling of the Freon.


There are many tire dealers and auto shops that will take your waste tires. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has many regulations regarding storage and beneficial use of waste tire on property located in Kansas. The Johnson County Household Hazardous Materials Program offers up free drop-off of up to five tires if the tires are from your personal residence with a scheduled appointment.

Disposal Facilities

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

Waste Management Landfill
17955 Holliday Drive, Shawnee, KS  66217
(913) 631-3300

Construction/Demolition Landfills

APAC-KS, Inc - KC Division
Stanley C/D Landfill
7100 W. 167th Street, Overland Park, KS 66085
(913) 814-6700

Asphalt Sales Company, Inc
23200 W. 159th Street, Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 788-8806

Hamm Olathe C/D Landfill
Olathe C/D Landfill
23775 W. 159th Street, Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 856-4777

Johnson County Landfill, Inc.- Waste Management
17955 Holliday Drive, Shawnee, KS  66217
(913) 631-3300

Solid Waste Transfer Stations

City of Lenexa
7700 Cottonwood, Lenexa, KS 66215
(913) 477-7880

City of Olathe/Waste Management
1681 S Valley Road, Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 971-9311

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities

City of Olathe
1385 S Robinson Drive, Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 971-9311

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
5901 Jim Bills Road, Mission, KS 66203
(913) 715-6907

Materials Recovery Facilities

MARCK Industries of Kansas City, LLC
800 N Center Street, Gardner, KS 66030
(913) 738-7487

Composting Facilities

City of Olathe
127th and Hedge Lane, Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 971-9311

Deffenbaugh Industries
17955 Holliday Drive, Shawnee, KS 66217
(913) 631-3300


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