For Immediate Release
July 9, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Grants Help Clean Up Municipal Dump Sites

Communities of Walton, Logan, Elk Falls, and Williamsburg benefit from grants

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

The cleanup 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 www.kdheks.gov/waste.