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