On Aug. 19, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the annual update to the county’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The state of Kansas requires a Solid Waste Management Plan to ensure adequate and sustainable options for the future of solid waste in Johnson County. A comprehensive plan, approved by the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee and the BOCC is due every five years, with an update provided to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment every year. This annual update serves as a progress report on the goals that are established in the Solid Waste Management Plan.
"Johnson County residents can be proud of the progress we have made to create a more sustainable environment through our solid waste planning process – ensuring that we are managing waste in a responsible way now and well into the future," said Environmental Director Mary Beverly, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “Partnership in the community is key to a successful plan, and our team works to expand and strengthen these partnerships and continually educate on source reduction, composting, recycling and household hazardous waste.”
Highlights of the Solid Waste Management Plan include:
Progress towards these goals include identifying locations and funding options for a new HHW facility, partnering with homeowners’ associations and cities on the Recycle Right campaign and preliminary discussions on a compost facility.
Previous solid waste plans expanded recycling services to single-family homes, restricted yard waste from being thrown in the landfill, and focused on reducing waste from businesses and schools. Through these efforts, the diversion rate, or the amount of usable material kept out of the landfill through composting and recycling, has increased from 21% to 38%.
Johnson County has several resources available to help residents do their part in making our community more sustainable. Learn more in the links below: