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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

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

Free Data

AIMS has again expanded our Free Data offerings to include datasets related to Taxes and Economic Development.  Users can now download available CID, NRA, TIF, and TDD districts at no cost in a variety of formats.  In addition, we have reorganized our file groupings and created a new 'Survey' file geodatabase.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Final week to recycle Christmas trees

It's the final week to drop-off discarded natural Christmas trees for recycling in Johnson County.

Sponsered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, three collection sites to recycle your trees will end on Saturday, January 31st. 

Approximately 1,700 trees have been collected to date in the program that began the day after Christmas. The program "recycles" the trees, mulching some for use on trails and in landscaping while others will be used to improve fish habitats in district lakes.

The collection sites are:

  • the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee
  • the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; and,
  • the north side of the parking lot at the Marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

 Trees will be collected during reuglar winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter. No yard waste will be accepted -- only Christmas trees.

There is no charge for this service. The program is open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information, please call 913-888-4713. 

Final week to recycle Christmas trees

It’s the final week to drop-off discarded natural Christmas trees for recycling in Johnson County.

Sponsored by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, three collection sites to recycle the trees will end on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Approximately 1,700 trees have been collected to date in the program that began the day after Christmas. The program “recycles” the trees, mulching some for use on trails and in landscaping while others will be used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.

The collection sites are:

  • the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee;
  • the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; and,
  • the north side of the parking lot at the Marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter. No yard waste will be accepted — only Christmas trees.

There is no charge for the disposal of trees. The program is open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information, please call 913-888-4713.

How to recycle your holiday celebration

 

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans generate 25% more trash. Over Christmas alone, the average family will fill 5 extra trash bags. With the large quantity of packaging, cards, wrapping paper, trees, lights, and ornaments it is no wonder that this is the most wastful, albeit wonderful, time of year.

But it doesn't have to be that way. From the Department of Health and Environment, here are a few things you can recycle and some ways to prevent generating extra waste in the first place.

Holiday Lighs: You no longer have to throw away your broken and unusable holiday lights thanks to Southeast Enterprises, which recycled more than 60,000 pounds of holiday lights last year alone. Find the drop-off location closest you. Some locations will accept lights through January 20, others have an earlier cut-off date.

Packaging: The packaging surrounding toys, gadgets, and many other gifts is not just annoying to parents, it can be exceedingly wasteful. Oftentimes these materials are recyclable. All of the cardboard and a majority of the plastics can go in your recycle bin, Styrofoam, while not accepted for curbside recycling, can be recycled at some locations.

Trees - Real and Fake: Keep your Christmas tree out of the landfill. An artical tree that it is no longer usable can be recycled as electronic waste at several locations in the area. Natural trees can be recycled in several places around the county and will find a second home as a fish habitat or mulch for a park. Johnson County Park and Recreation operates collection sites at several parks from December 26 through January 31. Your city may also be recycling trees.

Wrapping Paper: Each year we throw away enough paper to wrap 5,787 NFL football fields. Unfortunatly most wrapping paper can't be recycled. Use a reusable bag, an old magazine, or newspaper instead. If you must buy wrapping paper, buy rolls made from recycled paper.

How to recyle your holiday celebration

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans generate 25% more trash. Over Christmas alone, the average family will fill 5 extra trash bags. With the large quantity of packaging, cards, wrapping paper, trees, lights, and ornaments it is no wonder that this is the most wasteful, albeit wonderful, time of year.

But it doesn't have to be that way. From the Department of Health and Environment, here are a few things you can recycle and some ways to prevent generating extra waste in the first place.

Holiday Lights: You no longer have to throw away your broken and unusable holiday lights thanks to Southeast Enterprises, which recycled more than 60,000 pounds of holiday lights last year alone. Find the drop-off location closest to you. Some locations will accept lights through January 20, others have an earlier cut-off date.

Wrapping Paper: Each year we throw away enough paper to wrap 5,787 NFL football fields. Unfortunately most wrapping paper can't be recycled. Use a reusable bag, an old magazine, or newspaper instead. If you must buy wrapping paper, buy rolls made from recycled paper.

Packaging: The packaging surrounding toys, gadgets, and many other gifts is not just annoying to parents, it can be exceedingly wasteful. Oftentimes these materials are recyclable. All of the cardboard and a majority of the plastics can go in your recycle bin. Styrofoam, while not accepted for curbside recycling, can be recycled at some locations.

Trees - Real and Fake: Keep your Christmas tree out of the landfill. An artificial tree that it is no longer usable can be recycled as electronic waste at several locations in the area. Natural trees can be recycled in several places in around the county and will find a second home as a fish habitat or mulch for a park. Johnson County Park and Recreation operates collection sites at several parks from December 26 through January 31. Your city may also be recycling trees.

Waste Free Wednesday- Greening Your Holiday Party

As part of Waste Free WednesdayJohnson County Department of Health and Enviornment wants to show you how you can green your holiday party. Rethink how you celebrate this holiday season by following these easy tips to not only reduce your waste, but save resources and money too.

  • Provide recycling containters for cans, bottles, and other recyclables. If you have backyard composting collect the compostable food scraps too.
  • Provide reusable plates, cups, utensils, and linens. If you don't have enough consider having people bring their own.
  • Encourage your guests to carpool or when the weather is nicer provide people with information on bike and public transit routes.
  • Distribute invitations electronically or by using social media such as Facebook.
  • Consider using locally grown food if you are preparing food yourself. Take a trip to one of the local Farmer's Markets to get ingredients. Many local options are available even during the wintertime.
  • Use decorations that are reusable and can be used again for another party. You can also create your own decorations instead of buying them from the store.
  • Provide condiments in bulk instead of the individually wrapped sizes.Condiment packets are not recyclable, providing another option will allow you to save these items from entering the landfill.
  • Consider having your guests bring a certain item to donate whether it is food for a food pantry or gently used winter clothes.   
Check your home for radon

When was the last time you had your home tested for radon? According to the Surgeon General, this tasteless and odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. The only way to know if you have radon in the home is to test for it. The Kansas Department of Health recommends that all Kansans test their homes for radon, and if the levels are above 4.0 pCi/l, the homes should be fixed.

Do-It-Yourself radon test kits are available at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office. Click here to learn more about this potentially life-saving tool that will give you and your family peace of mind.

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June 13, 2015 | 8:00 am to 11:30 am

Electronics Recycling Event

July 11, 2015 | 8:00 am to 11:30 am

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August 8, 2015 | 8:00 am to 11:30 am

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

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

Electronics Recycling Event