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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Vision: The Innovative Leader for Community Health and Environmental Protection.
Mission: To Protect the Health and Environment, Prevent Disease and Promote Wellness for All who Live, Work and Play in Johnson County through Exceptional Public Service.

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Community Meeting: Waste and Recycling in Johnson County
April 9, 2019

Johnson County invites you to join us for a community discussion about waste and recycling. We are updating our Solid Waste Management Plan and public involvement is necessary for this project’s success. The purpose of the Plan is to establish a clear vision for the waste diversion goals, recycling strategies, infrastructure needs, and priorities for the County over the next 25 years. Please join us to share your input as we look forward to hearing from you!

Two ways to provide input:

1. Take our survey online

2. Attend our Open House Community Meeting: Waste and Recycling in Johnson County
Open House - Come anytime between 6-8pm
Wednesday, April 24th
Central Resource Library - Community Room
9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212

All are welcome, no RSVP is necessary. Questions? Contact Brandon Hearn: Brandon.Hearn@jocogov.org or 913-715-6936.

Open burning ban in effect for Johnson County
April 5, 2019

On April 1st an erroneous press release announced that all open burning in a 16 county region of Eastern Kansas is banned.  This mistakenly included residential burn pits and chimeneas.  This burning ban does not include either of these sources, so long as they are not banned by your local jurisdiction.  Residential burn pits and chimeneas are allowed to be used in April under the regulations set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  For specific information on the KDHE burn ban, please visit www.ksfire.org.  You can contact Mike Boothe, Environmental Compliance Manager, after April 10th at 913-715-6939. If you need immediate assistance please contact Todd Rogers at 913-715-6904.

Recycle your Holiday
December 14, 2018

Holiday Lights: You no longer have to throw away your broken and unusable holiday lights, thanks to Southeast Enterprises, who recycled more than 60,000 pounds of holiday lights last year alone. Some locations will accept lights through January 11th; others have an earlier cut-off date. However, Southeast Enterprises’ Kansas City location will accept lights year round. To find a location nearest to you go to www.southeastenterprises.org/kcrecyclelights.

Wrapping Paper: Each year Americans throw away enough wrapping paper to cover 5,787 football fields. Unfortunately most wrapping paper can't be recycled, including all paper that is shiny or metallic looking; the exception being brown parchment paper.  Using a reusable bag, an old magazine, or newspaper instead can be a great alternative to non-recyclable wrapping paper. If you do buy wrapping paper, buy rolls made from recycled paper.

Trees - Real and Fake: Keep your Christmas tree out of the landfill. An artificial tree that it is no longer usable can be recycled as electronic waste at several locations in the KC metro area. Natural trees are collected in several places around Johnson County and will find a second home as a fish habitat or mulch for a park. All decorations should be removed.

Johnson County Park and Recreation locations- December 26th through January 31st

  • Theatre in the Park at Shawnee Mission Park, 7710 Renner Rd
  • ​Heritage Park marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Rd
  • Kill Creek Park marina parking lot north side, 11670 Homestead Lane
  • Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Rd

Overland Park locations- December 26th through January 6th

  • Young's Park, 7701 Antioch
  • Indian Creek Recreation Center, 10308 Marty
  • Quivira Park, 11901 Quivira
  • Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th Street

 

Health clinics open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2018
November 15, 2018

The walk-in health clinics in Olathe and Mission will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 21. The Olathe clinic will offer immunizations and prenatal appointments only. All walk-in services will be available at the Mission clinic. Late clinic hours will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Johnson County Government is closed Nov. 22-23 for Thanksgiving. 

Celebrate America Recycles Day by Recycling Your Electronics & More
November 7, 2018

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Downtown Overland Park, ProShred, and Secure e-Cycle will be hosting an electronics recycling and paper shredding event on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons can drop off “anything with a cord” to be properly recycled, as well as paper that will be securely shredded. All electronic items are free except TVs ($20 each) and CRT monitors ($15 each).

The event will be held in the parking lot near the Overland Park Farmers’ Market pavilion – enter and exit from Marty Street, between 79th and 80th Street. As a courtesy, Johnson County staff and volunteers will be there to unload your vehicle.

Health clinics open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2018
October 29, 2018

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's health clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Dr.) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.) will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. Late hours will resume on Nov. 7. 

Mission Immunization Clinic Closed Oct. 22, 2018
October 18, 2018

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Mission immunization clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) will be closed Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. If you need an immunization, please visit our clinic in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Drive). 

Mission Immunization Clinic Closed Oct. 4-8, 2018
October 3, 2018

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Mission immunization clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) will be closed Oct. 4-8, 2018. If you need an immunization, please visit our clinic in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Drive). 

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