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Environmental Division

Phone: 913-715-6900

11811 S. Sunset Drive STE 2700, Olathe, KS 66061

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Disposal Facilities

 

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Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

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

 

Construction/Demolition Landfills

APAC-KS, Inc - KC Division
Stanley C/D Landfill
167th and 69 Hwy (7100 W. 167th)
Overland Park, KS 66085
(913) 814-6700

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

APAC-KS, Inc - KC Division
Olathe C/D Landfill
23775 W 159th Street
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 814-6700

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

 

Solid Waste Transfer Stations

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

Deffenbaugh Industries
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 Enviornment
5901 Jim Bills Road
Mission, KS 66203
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY- SCHEDULE HERE
(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

 

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.

Olathe Composting
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.

Tires

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.

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 Monitoringlandfill operations

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.

 

Residential Haulers

Curbside Recycling

Johnson County is made up of many wonderful cities which all desite 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:

 

Solid Waste

 

 

Solid Waste Mgmt Plan

In carrying out its solid waste management duties, the Environment Division  inspects, monitors, and conducts other oversight activities pertaining to all solid waste management facilities in the County. The Department also assures investigation and proper cleanup of illegal solid waste dumps in the County and serves as staff support to the County's Solid Waste Management Committee.

 

It's Not the Dump Anymore

Today's landfills that take household waste and garbage are called Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills. The Johnson County Landfill is a MSW landfill and one of the largest private landfills in the country. The main requirements for the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D regulations include the following:

  • Hydrogeological site evaluation to determine subsurface conditions.
  • Construction of a geocomposite liner system for the base of the landfill.
  • Construction of a leachate collection system to collect all fluids that contact solid waste.
  • Develop and implement a program to exclude any regulated hazardous waste and PCB/s from entering the landfill area.
  • Develop and implement a gas monitoring program to measure methane gas inside the facility structures and at the landfill perimeter boundaries.
  • Develop and implement a surface water drainage program to prevent flow of water onto the landfill's active face and be capable of collecting water runoff from the active face during a 24-hour, 25-year storm event.
  • Maintain survey controls throughout the landfill area.
  • Maintain record keeping for a variety of activities related to the landfill operations.
  • Establish and maintain groundwater monitoring systems including sampling and data analysis, detection and assessment monitoring, and corrective action.
  • Develop and update closure and post closure plans related to the eventual closing of each area and the 30-year monitoring of the area after final closure.

The JCL is in compliance with the KDHE and JCDHE regulations and is inspected at least quarterly by JCDHE and semi-annually by KDHE.

The Solid Waste Management Code

Johnson County Code of Regulations for Solid Waste Management 2010 Edition

Brochure on the Solid Waste Management Code: Planning for Our Future

The Solid Waste Management Plan

In Kansas, counties are responsible for solid waste planning. In Johnson County, solid waste planning takes place through the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee (SWMC) which develops a solid waste management plan (SWMP). The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) formally adopts the SWMP after a required public hearing.  As required by Kansas law, the SWMC and the BOCC review the plan annually. The plan must be approved by KDHE to become official.

Johnson County Solid Waste Management Plan 2013 edition

The complete current 2007 plan and its updates can be downloaded from these links.

The Complete Johnson County Solid Waste Management Plan
Appendices A - P
Appendix Q (2009 update)
Appendix R (2010 update)

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

Illegal dumping complaints in Johnson County are handled through JCDHE and/or the Johnson County Planning, Development and Codes Office. The Johnson County Public Works Department also handles illegal dumping complaints for solid waste found along the county unincorporated roadway easements.

JCDHE follows the Johnson County Code of Regulations for Solid Waste Management (2010 Edition)  when investigating the dumping complaints. These regulations and resolutions are available by contacting the Environment Division at (913) 715-6900.

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 calling our office at 913-715-6900 or completing the online form for environmental pollution.

SW Management Committee

Key Elements in the 2013 Solid Waste Management Plan:

  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, cost benefit analysis of future solid waste reduction programs.

Committee Information

The Solid Waste Management Committee meets bi-monthly to discuss solid waste issues and oversee the Solid Waste Management Plan.

Solid Waste Management Committee Members

Ms. Ruth Hopkins, Chairperson, Cities of the First Class
Mr. Dave Drovetta, Vice-Chairperson, Cities of the Second Class
Mr. Daniel Jones, Private Industry
Ms. Kaye Johnston, Cities of the Third Class
Mr. Jim Murray, Private Industry
Ms. Maril Crabtree, Cities of the Second Class
Ms. Megan England, Cities of the Second Class
Ms. C. Elaine Giessel, Citizen Organization
Mr. Scott Martin, Private Industry
Ms. Lisa McDaniel, Cities of the First Class
Mr. Raymond Manley, General Public
Ms. Maggie Roby, Cities of the First Class
Mr. Kent Seyfried, Cities of the First Class
Mr. Don Siefert, Cities of the First Class
Ms. Sarah Crooks, Unincorportated Area

Meetings

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.

2016 Meeting Schedule

January 13, 2016
March 9, 2016
May 11, 2016
July 13, 2016
September 14, 2016
November 9, 2016

Summaries of Past Meetings

(Summaries of past meetings can be obtained by calling 913-715-6915)

Agendas     

(Past meeting agendas can be obtaind by calling 913-715-6915)

Upcoming Events

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October 8, 2016 | 8:00 am to 11:30 am

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Recycling Event

November 9, 2016 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Solid Waste Management Committee Meeting