For Immediate Release
October 14, 2009

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

KDHE to update the state's Solid Waste Management Plan

Online survey available for Kansans to provide comments

Every five years, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management oversees a process to update the State of Kansas’ Solid Waste Management Plan.  The next update is due for completion in the first half of 2010. 

The Kansas Solid Waste Management Plan primarilyserves as a guide for state efforts, but all Kansans will be affected by the priorities established in the state plan and the KDHE activities that result.  Some important effects include potential new areas of regulation and how solid waste funds are used to support local solid waste projects.

“KDHE values the opinions of solid waste stakeholders and the general public when updating the state plan,” KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby, said.  “The most interested and affected stakeholders include owners and operators of permitted facilities, elected officials, consultants, recyclers, waste generators and members of the general public who live near solid waste facilities.”

To obtain input from interested stakeholders, as KDHE moves forward with the preparation of the plan, an initial survey is available online at: https://www.dhe.state.ks.us/surveys/planupdate.htm.  Individuals who prefer to complete a hard copy of the survey, can obtain a copy by contacting the Bureau of Waste Management at (785) 296-1600 or by e-mail bwm_web@kdheks.gov.  Individuals may also print a hard copy of the survey from the online version, complete by hand, and send the completed survey to KDHE Bureau of Waste Management, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 320, Topeka, KS 66612.  Completed surveys must be submitted by November 20, 2009 to be considered.

Following the review and analysis of the submitted surveys, KDHE will prepare a draft plan and schedule a meeting with stakeholders in January or February, 2010.  KDHE intends to accept comments on the draft plan at the stakeholder meeting as well as through the mail.   The final plan will be officially adopted by the Secretary of KDHE in early spring 2010.