For Immediate Release
April 11, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461


Communities of Belmont, Manchester, Augusta, Larned and Bronson benefit from grants

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recently awarded grants to help five Kansas communities clean up old or improperly closed city dumps.

The clean up process generally includes: Consolidating exposed waste and recycling metal waste, if economical; placing adequate soil cover material over the waste; contouring the cover material to blend in with the environment and prevent future erosion of the cover; and establishing native grass and plants suitable for wildlife habitat. KDHE visits the site approximately one year after completion of the project to ensure the repairs are performing as intended.

For more information about related waste issues such as recycling, composting, and disposal of hazardous waste, please visit the KDHE Web site at