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We understand the importance of protecting our planet. Since Johnson County Government created its first sustainability committee in 2004, being mindful of our impact on the environment has become a priority in the construction and maintenance of County buildings. The United States Green Building Council has certified two of our buildings as LEED Platinum and five others as LEED Gold. We’ve expanded our fleet of alternative fuel and Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles and made strides towards ambitious waste goals. We also offer our residents many ways to make sustainability part of their lives through The Jo transit system, and recycling opportunities for Household Hazardous Waste, expired medications and unwanted electronics. Together we can make a difference!

Environmental News

JoCo HHW program recycles paint cans

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has added a paint can crusher at the Household Hazardous Waste site, which will allow the county to recycle approximately 1.5 tons of metal paint cans each month. 

Latex paint is the most common item collected at the Household Hazardous Waste site. On average, over 15,000 gallons of paint are received each year. While the paint inside the container is re-blended, poured into five gallon buckets and made available for residents to purchase, the metal paint cans were previously disposed of in the trash. With the addition of the new can crusher, the metal cans will now be recycled. The purchase of the can crusher aligns with the county’s goals of minimizing waste and finding creative solutions to operating sustainably and will keep thousands of steel paint cans out of the landfill. Funds for this project were partially provided by a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste site is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the second Saturday of the month from April through October by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, or to find out more information on the program, click here or call 913-715-6907.

Electric vehicle charging station ribbon cutting

The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at Antioch Park to celebrate the placement of electric vehicle charging stations at seven Johnson County Park & Recreation District sites. The new charging stations have been installed at Heritage Park Marina, Heritage Park Golf Course, New Century Fieldhouse, Shawnee Mission Park Marina, Stoll Park and Tomahawk Hills Golf Course.
 
The charging stations are part of KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network, which intends to install 1,001 charging stations throughout the greater Kansas City area. Once all installations are complete, the Kansas City area will have more electric vehicle charging stations than any other U.S. city. More information about this initiative can be found on the utility company’s website: http://www.kcpl.com/CleanCharge.

Get to know your soil

Did you know that the best way to grow a healthy lawn is to fertilize according to a soil test? Now is the time to test your soil to determine fall fertilizing needs and, if you are a Johnson County resident, you can get a basic soil test for free!

Visit http://www.johnson.k-state.edu/lawn-garden/soil-testing/index.html to find out how to collect and where to take your sample.

How does your garden grow? Find out on Saturday, 7/25

The Annual K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center Field Day, featuring the hottest and newest plants that grow best in local landscapes and local weather conditions, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

Visitors can speak with university professors heading up the research and Johnson County Extension Master Gardener volunteers, and can also receive a free soil test.

The research center is located 35230 West 135th Street, Olathe. The entrance is approximately nine miles west of Highway 7 on 135th Street.

Admission is $5 per person, which includes ice cold bottled water, seminars, classes, and demonstrations. Lunch will be available for purchase. For information, call (913) 715-7000 or visit www.johnson.ksu.edu.

Johnson County commits to reduce energy usage

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously adopted a new energy conservation policy for Johnson County Government. The initiative is expected to save approximately $500,000 a year in utility costs savings. More information is available in our news release.

Ozone Alert Season Starts June 1

During the summer, Kansas City is more vulnerable to unhealthy ozone pollution. This pollution is largely caused when emissions from motor vehicles, lawn mowers, power plants and industry react with heat and sunlight.

Between June 1 and September 30, when the area is under an Ozone Alert, one-way bus fare will be only 75¢. The fare is not valid on the The JO’s 710-K-10 Connector, but is valid for travel on other express routes. The special Ozone Alert fare includes a transfer upon request, and is also available on The Metro, The JO, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus. The Metro’s Day Pass, purchased at the farebox, remains $3.

To learn the day’s ozone forecast:

  • Call 913-383-7557
  • Visit www.marc.org or follow @airqkc on www.twitter.com
  • Look for the local weather forecast on television and in newspapers

For route information about The JO, as well as The Metro and Unified Government Transit, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For route information about IndeBus, call 816-461-4287 (IBUS) or visit www.indebusmo.com/.

Today is "Learn About Composting Day"

Composting kitchen scraps and yard trimmings can limit the amount of food you waste and help reduce your impact on landfills. In fact, if you compost on a continual basis, the volume of garbage you generate can be reduced by as much as 25%!

Compost is an eco-friendly, cheap and effective option for fertilising your garden, plants and crops. Learn About Composting Day encourages you to explore the world of composting, and to identify all of the different types of household waste that can contribute to your composting efforts.

Get started with composting by following this simple guide: http://www.compost-info-guide.com/beginner_guide.htm

If you're interested in starting a composting program at your business or place of employment, learn more about the Johnson County Green Business Program.

Slots still open for free workshops on rain barrels

Have you considered installing a rain barrel on your property but aren’t sure where to start? Johnson County’s Stormwater Management Program has partnered with Olathe North High School on a day of free rain barrel workshops.

Homeowners can choose from one of four one-hour workshops between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Each session will include an educational presentation from Olathe North Geoscience students about stormwater management and the benefits of rain barrels. Then participants will learn how to construct a rain barrel, which can be purchased at this event.

More information about the workshops, the costs of the barrels and details on cost sharing programs available in your city is available at this link.

Olathe North received a grant from Johnson County’s Stormwater Management Program for these workshops. The Johnson County Stormwater Management Program provides grant funding to teachers, schools, and school districts in Johnson County and to non-profit organizations serving the citizens of Johnson County to allow opportunities for stormwater education.  More details on this program are available here.

Household hazardous waste, electronics disposal events begin March 14

This year's first Saturday event to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics will be March 14, 2015 from 8-11:30 am. Saturday HHW events will continue the second Saturday of each month through October 2015. To make an electronics recycling dropoff appointment you must first call 913-715-6907. HHW appointments can be made online at www.jocogov.org.

New equipment available for seeding projects

Johnson County has purchased a pull-type compact 6-foot No-Till Drill for seeding native grasses and forbs.  The drill is available to Johnson County municipalities and landowners. Anyone who has a seeding project coming up or is interested in learning more can join us on March 10. Johnson County’s Stormwater Management Program will have a representative from Land Pride on site to go over transport, calibration and use of the drill.

What:  Johnson County Stormwater Management Program No-Till Drill Demonstration
When: Tuesday, March 10 at 1:30 PM
Where: Johnson County Public Works, 1800 W Old 56 Hwy, Olathe
Contact: Lee Kellenberger at (913) 715-8310

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September 12, 2015 | 8:00 am to 11:30 am

Electronics Recycling Event

October 10, 2015 | 8:00 am to 11:30 am

Electronics Recycling Event