In Kansas, counties are responsible for solid waste planning, and in Johnson County this is done through the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee who develop a solid waste management plan (SWMP). The Board of County Commissioners formally adopts the SWMP after a required public hearing, and it is ultimately approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to become official. As required by Kansas law, the plan is reviewed annually to track the completion of and progress towards short and long term goals that are called out in the SWMP.
Key Elements of the 2013 Solid Waste Management Plan edition
- Promote expansion of the existing commercial recycling infrastructure through education and awareness.
- 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.
- Work with the cities, homeowners associations, the unincorporated areas, and the private sector to increase residential participation in recycling.
- Continue to coordinate education efforts through public private partnerships.
- 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.
- Coordinate with nearby county and regional partners in evaluating and implementing waste reduction strategies.
- Seek stable funding for reduction programs
- Conduct, where appropriate and where county resources allow, a cost benefit analysis of future solid waste reduction programs.
Solid Waste Management Code
The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Code is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Johnson County. It provides uniform and prudent regulations of solid waste within the county, from its generation through its collection, storage, transportation, processing, treatment, and disposal. The Code requires licenses and permits at the county level for the collection and transportation of solid waste, and for the operation of solid waste processing facilities. It also provides procedures for investigation and resolution of the improper disposal of solid waste in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County.
Waste Characterization Study
Every few years JCDHE conducts a waste characterization study to see how the overall waste stream of Johnson County has changed since the 2006 waste study. As with the 2006 study, three sites were selected within the county, including the Johnson County Landfill, the City of Olathe Transfer Station, and the APAC-Reno Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill. Representative samples were taken from each location and analyzed to see what the Johnson County waste stream is comprised of, which then allows JCDHE staff to incorporate that information into future solid waste planning efforts. Some of the main waste streams included (percentage by weight):
- Total Paper Fibers- 30%
- Food- 23%
- Total Plastics- 18%
- Glass- 4.8%
- Yard Waste- 3%
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 by the Department of Health and Enviornment and/or the Johnson County Planning and Codes Department. 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 completing the online form for environmental pollution or by calling 913-715-6900.