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Trashology 101: Waste Reduction for Grades 3-5

The Health and Environment Department has created an educational curriculum on waste management called Trashology 101. The new curriculum is targeted to students in grades 3-5 (ages 8-11) and their teachers, families, youth-serving organizations such as scout groups, recreational clubs, and faith-based organizations.

Through Trashology 101, young people will learn how they are connected to the environment, how solid waste management impacts the environment, and how they can personally make a positive impact in their school, home and community.

Download Trashology 101
Lesson Plan
Curriculum
Introduction
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4

 
Trash Talk and Recycling Road Show Presentations

Is your group or club ready to jump into recycling and learn more about reducing waste? The Environment Divison staff are available to give presentations on the exciting world of waste, recycling and composting. We can talk to your city, community group, church, classroom, neighborhood association, business green team, or any other type of group. Keep in mind you need to allow for at least 20 - 60 minutes for our talk. 

 
Kansas Green Schools

The Kansas Green Schools Program provides educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental interrelationships that impact public health and our society, and that promote responsible environmental stewardship practices.

Their goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of air and water quality, climate change, energy, reduction and recycling of solid waste, and wildlife habitat.

Grants are available annually for green projects.

Indoor Air

Many people are surprised to learn that there are very few federal, state or local regulations regarding indoor air quality (IAQ), whether it is in the home or the workplace. Although IAQ may not be regulated, we try to provide you with the information and guidance necessary on how to best proceed with indoor air problems.

Any type of building or home can have issues related to IAQ. New homes, offices, and schools are built to be tight and solid in order to conserve energy. This can lead to inadequate ventilation and less ventilation may lead to higher concentrations of indoor pollutants. Owners of existing buildings and homeowners are attempting to increase energy-saving and decrease heating and cooling costs by installing storm windows and insulation, caulking and weather stripping, and heating through natural resources. All buildings and homes need regular maintenance as they age. Paint and caulking deteriorate, pipes break, roofs leak, and so on, which can lead to problems with indoor air quality.

Indoor pollutants may cause discomfort and illness. People with lung problems, such as asthma or emphysema, are the most sensitive and may become affected before an otherwise healthy person would even notice there was a problem. At extreme levels, they can even be fatal. IAQ pollutants have many sources and may include combustion sources such as solvents, oil, gas, and tobacco products; building materials that contain asbestos; carpet, furnishings or structural elements on which mold and mildew have grown; products for cleaning, personal care, and hobbies; chemicals such as pesticides; gases such as radon; and heating and cooling systems.

The "Big Three" in IAQ are asbestos, radon, and mold.

stack of asbestosAsbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used in the past for many building materials for the purpose of insulation and fire-retardation. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. Several asbestos products have been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). Today, asbestos is most commonly found in older homes and buildings. It can be found in pipe and furnace insulation, shingles, millboard, textured paints, and floor tiles. It can still be found in new products, such as wallboard or tile flooring that are made outside of the U.S. but imported here. Asbestos is not always considered hazardous. Even if asbestos is in your home, this is usually NOT a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in good condition in a home or a building is not hazardous. The danger is that asbestos materials may become damaged over time. Damaged asbestos may release fibers and become a health hazard. The best thing to do with asbestos material in good condition is to leave it alone! Disturbing it may create a health hazard where none existed before.

 

 

RadonRadon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country. Every year, about 20,000 people die due to radon. In Johnson County, extensive testing has shown that roughly 40% of the homes in the county will have elevated levels of radon. Radon is found in all types of soil, from clay to sand to rich loam. Since it found in the soil, it can be a problem for any structure in contact with the ground. Radon does not discriminate; it can infiltrate any home whether large or small, new or old, drafty or well-insulated, basement or no basement. Testing is the only way to determine the existence of radon in any particular home. You can hire a contractor to test your home or you can do it yourself. There is no way to test a vacant lot for radon prior to new construction. The house must be in place before a valid radon test can be performed.

 

black mold in cornerMolds are a natural part of our environment. They reproduce by means of tiny spores which are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air continually. Mold may begin to grow indoors when the spores land on wet surfaces. There are many types of mold. People who have serious mold allergies have severe reactions and people with chronic lung illness may develop mold infections in their lungs. Mold can primarily cause respiratory health problems such as allergies, inflammation, and infections. Coughing, sneezing, eye irritation, sore throat, skin rashes and shortness of breath are some of the symptoms. While much of the media attention has been focused on "stachybotrus" or the "black mold," any excess mold, no matter the color, can be a problem. Mold problems are not regulated by the federal Clean Air Act. There are no established maximum exposure levels of mold as there are with the criteria pollutants in outside air. There is a great deal of research being done on the subject to try and establish standards, but as there are thousands of types of molds, this will take time. As a result, there are few, if any, local or state regulations specifically addressing mold problems.

More Information on Indoor Air Quality Issues--PDF files

10 Things to Know About Mold

Indoor Air Quality Testing Shouldn't be Your First Move

"Stop Mold"--article from Family Handyman Magazine

Kansas Landlord-Tenant Brochure

Kansas Landlord-Tenant Act

Indoor Air Quality Testing Shouldn't Be Your First Move

Centers for Disease Control-General Mold Information

Johns-Hopkins: "Lung Disorders on Mold"

Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractors

Kansas Certified Radon Contractors

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Certified Air Cleaning Devices

CARB-Indoor Air Cleaner Fact Sheet

CARB- Beware of Ozone Generating "Air Purifiers"

Consumer Product Safety Commisison--Update on Formaldehyde

Sewer Gas FAQ's--State of Wisconsin

 

 

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.

 

Johnson County Re-blended Paint

High quality latex paint from Johnson County homes and collected at our Household Hazardous Waste facility is re-blended on site and available for purchase in 5 gallon buckets. Paint is inspected for quality before being seperated into various colors. Sale of the paint helps fund the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Color Options (available in 5 gallon buckets) CREDIT & CHECK ONLY, NO CASH

White Paint - $25 (tints vary)

Beige Paint - $15 (tints vary)

Gray Paint - $20 (tints vary)

Brown Paint - $10 (tints vary)

***IMPORTANT***
You must have an appointment to DROP OFF paint.
Schedule an appointment
No appointment is necessary for picking up paint.

Store Hours
Paint may only be purchased during our regular hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-3pm
Note: You may also pick up paint during our Saturday Collection Events which occur on the 2nd Saturday of the month starting in March through October 8-11:30am.

Location
5901 Jim Bills Road, Mission, KS 66203
Note: Our facility is located within the Myron K. Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plant just off Foxridge Drive and Lamar. Upon arrival press the white call button at the gate to enter. Follow the signs for the Household Hazardous Waste facility.
Johnson County re-blended paint has been used to paint countless homes throughtout Johnson and Wyandotte County; we've even helped paint a village in Ghana! 

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Volunteers have fun while helping make a difference in our community. We receive hundreds of cans of paint every week and our volunteers open paint cans, mix colors and re-blend paint. They also help with preparing the steel cans for recycling. Volunteers make a direct impact by reducing waste and protecting our environment.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers do NOT HANDLE ANY hazardous materials. We provide safety glasses and gloves. Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working with latex paint and must wear close-toed shoes (no sandals). 

We can accommodate individuals and groups up to 6 people. Volunteers must be 18 and older. For more information please contact Julie Davis: julie.davis@jocogov.org or 913-715-6938.

Multi-Housing

recycling in apartmentThere are many multi-housing complexes, such as apartments, condominiums, and dormitories, that have a recycling program in place. If your complex is not one of those, please consider starting a campaign to bring convenient recycling to you and your neighbors or tenants.

There could be viable reasons why your complex doesn't already have a program. Space for recycle bins could be hard to find and access for trucks picking up the recyclables might be difficult.  Getting other people to use the program can also be time-consuming and frustrating. However, the benefits of  a recycling program can provide motivation to overcome these obstacles.

Here are some tips to help you start a successful recycling program.

Get Support

Ask your neighbors or tenants if recycling is important to them. Enlist everyone that responds positively into your campaign for help. While it is true that one person can make a difference, numbers can make the job easier.

Figure the Cost Benefits

Money is always a huge motivator. You can use that to your advantage. Removing recyclable items from the trash means less trash and fewer pickups. Look up your garbage and recycling rates and talk to your waste management or recycling company about how much money a recycling program could save your complex. A good place to start is a co-mingled program for multi-housing complexes. Management will be more likely to invest in the upfront costs, such as enlarging trash enclosures, posting additional signage, and dedicating staff time for tenant education, if they can see the savings in the long run.

Audit your Waste

Coming up with the cost savings is more precise if you can do an assessment of your complex's waste stream, which is the total amount of trash being thrown away and how much of it can be recycled.  Many recycling partners can aid customers in finding the maximum value  from their recycling streams.

Spread the Word

Once the recycling program is in place, help educate other residents. Use colorful posters to announce the new program. Distribute brochures describing how to separate recyclables from real trash and make sure everyone receives one. Post signs that remind residents to recycle.  Using humor and/or listing statistics can help draw attention to the signs and make people feel good about recycling. Place labeled bins in convenient areas, such as the mail area and the laundry room. Make sure the trash bins and the recycle bins are two different colors so that their purpose is clear.

Please contact us if you need any assistance.

 

Open Burning

burning limbs and brushAs the designated agent for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) within the county, JCDHE enforces the state air quality regulations on open burning. These regulations are designed to protect human health and the environment. JCDHE issues open burning exemptions in accordance with these regulations when prudent and necessary. Under these regulations, certain types of open burning do not require prior consent from JCDHE while others do require written approval. However, your local fire department, which operates on their local fire code, usually requires a burn permit. Always contact your local fire department for an open burning permit.

 

We also investigate open burning complaints to determine compliance with air quality regulations when they are received. Appropriate open burning investigations are referred to KDHE and/or local fire departments for possible enforcement action.

We've developed a "one-stop shopping" site for open burning for Johnson County. You'll find the state air quality regulations as well as an application for obtaining an open burning exemption from our office. To apply for a burning permit from your local fire department or district, we have included their contact information and links to their websites. We also have a page devoted to local burning conditions and if there are any restrictions on open burning within Johnson County.

Open Burning Exemptions

The exemption form should be returned by US mail to our office at least three (3) business days prior to the start of the scheduled burning. You may also fax the completed form to 913-715-6970. Please complete all sections and write legibly.

You must include a map of the burn location with your application. A hand-drawn map is adequate but must be legible. Try using Johnson County's Automated Information Mapping System or another online mapping program to pinpoint the burn location and print the map.

The signed application should be faxed to 913-715-6970 or mailed to:

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Air Quality Program
11811 S Sunset Drive, Suite 2700
Olathe, KS 66061

 

Ozone Alert Days

SkyCast – The Daily Pollution Forecast

SkyCast is a daily pollution forecast for the Kansas City area. It predicts air quality based on weather conditions and pollution levels. SkyCast uses different colors -- green, yellow, orange and red, to indicate the day's pollution threat. The SkyCast is reported on the website for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), in the Air Quality section of this website, in the Kansas City Star, and on the local TV weather casts. As seen in this illustration from MARC, the colors indicate how the day's air quality may affect each of us.

What does all the mean? Let's break it down:

skycast forecast explained

 

 

 

 

 

 
About Ozone Alert Days

hot day

When the SkyCast for the day indicates orange or red, it's an Ozone Alert day. On these days, ozone concentrations are expected to reach unhealthy levels.  More than half of the emissions that form ground-level ozone come from everyday activities. By reducing or postponing these activities, you can help bring the levels of ozone pollution down.

From April 1 through October 31, the SkyCast for the next day will be announced by 3:00 in the afternoon. Look for the SkyCast prediction in any of the aforementioned locations.  If the color indicator for the following day's air quality is orange or red, you should take special precautions to protect your health and reduce the amount of ground-level in the Kansas City area.

 
On Ozone Alert days, MARC advises:

  • Cut back on or reschedule strenuous outside activities. Stay indoors in a well-ventilated or air-conditioned building. If you must be active outdoors, try to schedule activity before 11:00 am or after 8:00 pm.
     
  • Drive less. Combine errands and put off less-necessary trips for a cooler day, carpool or use public transit. Bring your lunch to work.
     
  • Avoid fueling. Simply filling your vehicle with gasoline can lead to pollution as fumes escape and tiny drips and spills occur, and gas vapors react with heat and sunlight to form ozone.  If you must fill your tank, do so after dusk. And be sure to avoid "topping off" your tank.
     
  • Mow later. Lawn and garden equipment is responsible for an estimated 9% of the Kansas City area's ozone-forming emissions. Postpone yard work that involves power equipment until the Ozone Alert is over.

 
Get Notified!

You can be the first to know the Air Quality Forecast in Greater Kansas City for the next day. Even better, you can get that forecast on your media of choice: email, Twitter, iPhone and Android.   Get started today with EnviroFlash: Your Environmental News Flash

 
Get Everybody Involved!workplace discussion

Inspire your co-workers to join you in your effort to improve the Kansas City air and reduce Ozone Alert days. The Mid-America Regional Council has a program called Air Quality Workplace Partnership. Over 170 companies from all over Greater Kansas City have already joined. Start your partnership today!

 
SkyCast Posters from MARC

General Poster
Daily Posters - Green  Yellow  Orange  Red
Air Quality Awareness

En Español

Indice Calidad de Aire en Español

 

Ozone and Smog

Ground-level ozone in the Kansas City region is an air quality problem, exceeding the federal health standards at times, and causing health problems for many citizens. Johnson and  Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, and Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties in Missouri, collectively make up the Kansas City "airshed" that is subject to air pollution regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All five counties in two states work together along with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to monitor and evaluate sources of air pollution and work to decrease it.

There is an established "ozone season" for the Kansas City region; April 1st through October 31st every year. Historically, June through August is when most exceedences occur.

The images below show downtown Kansas City on a good ozone day (on left) and a bad ozone day.

 

 

 

 

EPA has set national air quality standards (or health limits) for six air pollutants (also referred to as "Criteria Pollutants".) These are the six criteria pollutants:

  1. lead
  2. sulfur dioxide
  3. particulate matter
  4. carbon monoxide
  5. nitrogen oxides
  6. ground-level ozone.

Find out how each of these pollutants is formed, how they affect human health and public welfare, and what is being done to reduce them at EPA's Six Common Air Pollutants. EPA is required by the Clean Air Act to periodically review the standards for each of these pollutants to insure that the standard is protective of human health and the environment. EPA is tentatively scheduled to start a review of the standard for ozone by the end of 2013.

Kansas City has historically had problems with ozone in the metro area for many years and we are still working to remain within the standard.

Ozone Movies and Maps

The EPA provides real-time animated movies of ozone levels in the metro area. While these movies aren't in the same category as "The Godfather," "True Grit" or "Saving Private Ryan", they are still worth watching.

Ozone movies use real-time air monitoring data to show the Air Quality Index (AQI) which is the ozone air pollution levels throughout the region. Most of the time you will notice ozone forming in the urban area and then moving "out of town" by the afternoon. However, on some occasions. The ozone is being transported from one area to another area when it is actually forming at different rates in the two areas. You can also view yesterday's ozone levels as well. To understand what is really being shown in the ozone movies you must take into account differences in ozone formation rates in different areas as well as transport by varying wind speeds and directions at all times of the day.

There are several views of the map of the United States: the ozone forecast, the current AQI, AQI animation, and more. To get a closer look, click on Kansas or whatever state you're interested in viewing.

EPA's Ozone Maps

But Wait!  There's More...

The Missouri of Natural Resources has movies shot from the Kansas City Air Pollution Camera that is situated on top of the Blue Ridge Mall Office Building in Independence. The movies show the air quality above the Kansas City skyline. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for an explanation of what you are seeing in the videos.

The Kansas City Air Pollution Camera

 

 

Pool Inspection Process

The Environmental Health Specialist follows specific steps when inspecting the swimming pools in Johnson County:

  1. Pool InspectorOn arrival at the swimming pool property, the inspector looks around the general area to get an overview of the site and to observe any potential safety hazards.
     
  2. The pool water is tested for free chlorine and pH. Free chlorine is the chlorine available to disinfect the water. pH is a measure of the acidity of the water. Below are the levels at which the chemicals should be maintained.
     
    Type of Pool Range of Free Chlorine Range of pH
    Swimming or Wading Pool 1.0 to 3.0 part per million 7.2-7.8
    Spa (Hot Tub) 2.0 to 5.0 parts per million 7.2-7.8
  3. If there is a spa (hot tub) at the property, the maximum temperature allowed is 104º Fahrenheit. There is no minimum temperature for pools or spas.
     
  4. After recording the chemical readings on the inspection form, the pumps and filters in the mechanical room are observed. If a flowmeter is present on the filter, the flow rate in gallons per minute is recorded on the report. A flowmeter is required on new construction or modifications of existing equipment. There are specific flow rates needed to turn over the water of the pool within the required periods stipulated in the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code (Article 5, Section 1).
     
  5. A Pool Licensed Operator (PLO) is required for each pool. During the inspection a review of the daily chemical readings that the PLO has recorded is completed to see if there have been any long-term trends in the chemical readings of the pool. In addition, the inspector verifies that the pool chemicals are being stored in a safe matter.
     
  6. After inspecting the pump room, the inspector walks around all of the pools to look for problems or safety concerns. At the time of the walkabout he willPool Inspector check the stability of all ladders and handrails.
     
  7.  After completing the survey of the pool, the inspector will fill out the inspection form for the property. Anything that is found to be in violation of the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code is noted on the inspection report.
     
  8. If the pool was in operation before the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code was passed in the city in which the pool is located, the pool is "grandfathered" in and does not have to make structural changes to meet the county code. However, if any additions or modifications are made to the swimming pool or equipment, the pool has to meet all of the code.
     
  9. A copy of the inspection report is given to the pool office or left in the pump room. A copy is also kept in the JCDHE files. All inspection data is entered into a database making a pool property's inspection history easy to track.

Pool Operator Info

Certified/Licensed Pool Operators Informationpool marker

A licensed pool operator is any person who completes an application with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, passes an exam, and pays the fee. Licensure is valid for three years. A nationally recognized swimming pool operations course may be accepted at the discretion of JCDHE.

Information Sheets:

The Code:

Water Quality

Pool operators are required to check the water quality of the pool at least once every day. Keep in mind that hot sunny days and/or many swimmers can have an effect on the water quality. In those instances, it may be a good idea to check the quality more often.

Guidelines to Follow:

  • Chlorine residual should be maintained between 1 part per million (ppm) and 3 ppm as free available chlorine for swimming pools and between 2 ppm and 5 ppm as free available chlorine for spas.
  • Bromine residual should be maintained between 2 parts per million and 5 parts per million as free available bromine.
  • JCDHE may allow the maintenance of a higher disinfectant residual in special cases.
  • The pH of the pool water should be maintained in a range of 7.2 to 7.8. 
  • The pool water should be sufficiently clear so that the main drain is readily visible from the pool or a black disc 6 inches in diameter placed at the deepest point is clearly visible from the deck of the pool.
  • When there is reason to believe that the pool water poses a potential health hazard, water samples for bacteriological analysis should be taken to ascertain the sanitary quality of the pool water and to aid in proper control.

Required Safety Equipmentring buoy

Every pool covered by the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code is required to have safety equipment that is accessible to bathers. The lifesaving equipment must be mounted in a conspicuous place and distributed around the pool deck where readily accessible. The function should be plainly marked. The equipment must be kept in good repair and ready for use. Bathers must not be allowed to use or tamper with the equipment except for emergency use.

The following is required safety equipment for every 2,000 square feet of water surface:

  • A ring buoy, not more than 15 inches in interior diameter, to which is attached a 60 foot length of 3/16 inch rope.
  • A life pole or shepherd's crook on a non-extendable pole, blunted at both ends, with a minimum length of 12 feet.
  • 24 unit first aid kit kept filled and ready for use.
  • Where no lifeguard is on duty a sign shall be placed in plain view and state, "WARNING, NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY."  In addition, a sign stating, "CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE POOL WITHOUT AN ADULT IN ATTENDANCE" shall be placed in plain view.
  • Both signs must be printed in 4 inch high upper case lettering.  Lettering may be as narrow as 1.5 inches wide to save space on the signs.
  • Where lifeguard service is required, the pool shall have a readily accessible area designated and equipped for emergency care.

 

Public Notices

Public notices are required for Class I and Class II Operating Permits. They are also often required for changes to regulations, the State Implementation Plan (SIP) or other documents.

Only the public notice is published here. If you wish to review the proposed operating permit, regulation change, etc. we will have a copy in our office for your review. An appointment is necessary so that the air quality staff may answer basic questions related to the permit. Should you wish to make official comments for the record, or have more detailed questions, the public notice will provide the appropriate contact name at KDHE. To make an appointment, simply call our office at 913-715-6900.

Guide to Open Public Records

 

Pumper/Installer Lists

JCDHE licenses installers and designers of private sewage treatment systems regulated under the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code, as well as the sanitary disposal contractors, also known as pumpers, who clean the treatment systems and transport the sewage to the disposal site. These professionals are licensed annually.  Each year the lists on this site are populated as licenses are issued.

JCDHE does not endorse any particular on-site sewage professional.

Licensed Sanitary Disposal Contractors (Pumpers)

In areas of Johnson County covered by the Code, to engage in the pumping or cleaning of a private sewage treatment system or transport sewage to a disposal site, a person is required to be licensed by JCDHE. The companies and individuals listed below have met that requirment.

Company Grease Sewage Phone Number
Truninger Brothers Septic Tank Pumping X X 816-540-5673
Clean Right Septic & Sewer Service X X 913-677-3207
Quality Plumbing Inc X X 816-472-4994
Darling International X   913-321-9328
Reddi Services Inc X X 913-287-5005
K Jett Services, LLC X X 816-769-3900
Ralph Smith Septic Tank Service   X 913-724-9793
Swift Construction dba CEI X   816-221-0006
Honey-Wagon/K-Mel Industries X X 913-764-1234
Honey Bee Septic Service   X 785-841-0399
A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc X X 913-631-5201
Express Septic X X 913-287-2280
Haz-Mat Response, Inc.   X 913-782-5151
Bill's Septic   X 913-755-4082
American Waste Systems Inc.   X 816-966-1161
Gerken Rent-All   X 913-294-3783
Dailey Septic Service   X 913-856-7550
W.E.S. Septic Service   X 913-755-2100
Gotta-Go LLC   X 785-241-1242
Madden Rental   X 785-242-2894
Liquid Environmental Solutions X   913-573-1939
Brooks Grease Service X   816-550-8446
Healy Biosiesel, Inc. X  

620-545-7800

Digger Jim X X 913-683-0404

Licensed Pumpers for Portable Toilets

Company Name Phone Number
Clean Right Septic & Sewer Service 913-677-3207
Sanitary Portables 816-537-5623
Deffenbaugh Industries/Johnny on the Spot 913-631-6500
Best Portable Toilets Inc. 816-348-7700
Quick Stop Portable Toilets 816-407-1157
Gerkan Rent-All 913-294-3783
American Waste Systems Inc. 816-966-1161
Dailey Septic Service 913-856-7550
Cyclone, Inc 816-453-1484
Madden Rental 785-242-2894

 

Licensed Septic Installers

In areas of Johnson County covered by the Code, to install a new private sewage treatment system or make repairs to an existing system, a person is required to be licensed by JCDHE. The companies and individuals listed below have that requirement.

These approved licensed installers can design conventional systems. Some licensed installers are also licensed designers. These installers are indicated in the list. Licensed designers are persons licensed through examination to design alternative systems such as mound, low pressure pipe or other permitted alternative system.

Company Name Licensed Designer Maintenance Provider Phone Number
Crosby Plumbing     913-441-5800
K & M Construction General Contractor     913-208-5466
B & D Contracting, LLC     913-796-6474
Allen Construction LLC X X 913-238-6421
Kenneth L. Sloan Construction     913-915-0447
L-J Backhoe Service     785-883-4132
John Kunkel X   913-226-7180
Wiedenmann Inc/Glen Barge     816-322-1125
Brown's Construction X X 913-980-6180
Davis Excavating, LLC     913-927-0077
Kinney's Plumbing     913-782-2840
Honey Bee Septic Service LLC     785-841-0399
Thomas Brothers X   816-223-0501
Galamba Construction, Inc.     816-225-6441
Conner Construction     913-285-0315
Dailey Construction & Septic Service   X 816-590-0799
Ted Row, Inc.     816-223-9666
Markley Ditching LLC     785-842-5524
Prime Construction Inc.     785-925-1168
Wray Backhoe     785-255-4536
A-1 Sewer & Septic Service     913-631-5201
Beemer Construction Co.     816-229-2266
Glanville Construction, LLC     913-796-6644
The Septic Guy LLC X X 913-908-3338
Bonner Springs Septic Service     913-208-9715
Clisso Company Inc.     913-915-5169
Honey Wagon\K-Mel Industries     913-764-1234
Bill's Septic Service     913-755-4082
RPHT Inc.     913-948-4364
Residential Sewage Treatment X X 816-966-8885
Hammonds Construction Inc.     913-485-5495
Mark Enright/Hart Plumbing     785-893-4174
Jake Chadwick Excavating     913-980-6419 or 913-406-4544
Quality Septic & Sewer/Mark Shepard X X 913-980-6886
Crystal Trenching Co.     913-677-1233
Walt Johnston     913-585-1477
Blake Excavating     913-915-0199
3 Brothers Landscaping     913-709-9971
Blankenship Excavating    

913-709-5733

Hammons Construction, Inc.     913-710-2275
Morris Excavation     785-550-8351

 

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Environmental Complaints

Business hours for our office are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

If you believe the incident requires immediate response outside of business hours, but is not life-threatening, report it by calling our 24-hour response service at (913) 715-6900 and following the prompts in the message.

If you believe the incident is life-threatening, please call 9-1-1.

If the incident involves a chemical or petroleum product spill, gasoline odors inside buildings, or natural gas odors, please call 9-1-1.

We can only respond to swimming pool complaints if the facility is located within Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Stilwell, and Westwood.

Note: No personal information will be released. If you choose not to enter your name please enter "No Name". Providing your contact information as well as an address where the incident occurred are required for us to respond to this complaint. Your information will not be shared.

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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