For Immediate Release
March 8, 2010

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

KDHE to host WORKS! Conference in Junction City
to raise awareness about environmental issues

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is hosting the 16th Annual WORKS! Conference on Recycling, Composting, Household Hazardous Waste and Renewable Energy on March 23-25 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City.

The conference is geared toward public employees, businesses and other community members who are interested in learning better methods to recycle, compost and manage household hazardous waste.  Anyone interested in preserving and improving the health and cleanliness of Kansas communities, and in conserving natural resources, will find much of interest in the conference agenda which will include training sessions, facility tours and equipment demonstrations.

"We look forward to this conference every year," said Roderick Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. "It is a time when government officials gather together with representatives of businesses and non-profit organizations to share ideas, develop contacts and receive encouragement.”

This year’s conference will have a special focus on renewable energy from organic wastes in addition to providing a forum to gain valuable input from attendees on a planned five-year update to the State Solid Waste Management Plan.

"This conference is also important to KDHE because it is a time for us to communicate with a large group of environmental stakeholders," said Bill Bider, Director of KDHE’s Bureau of Waste Management.
For more information on the conference and to register, call (785) 296-1600 or visit www.kdheks.gov/waste/workshops/works10/works10.html.