For Immediate Release
July 22, 2010

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

State of Kansas Solid Waste Management Plan 2010 Update
Available for Review and Public Comment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has prepared an update to the State of Kansas Solid Waste Management Plan.  The plan is updated every five years in cooperation with numerous solid waste stakeholders representing local governments, private businesses and members of the general public.  The 2010 “draft” plan is available for review on the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management web page at: www.kdheks.gov/waste/p_pubnot_sw.html.

“The purpose of the State of Kansas Solid Waste Management Plan is to establish goals and strategies for maintaining environmentally protective solid waste management practices in Kansas,” said Roderick Bremby, Secretary of KDHE.  “Solid waste is generated by every person, business and institution in Kansas; therefore, our efforts within KDHE must focus on a comprehensive regulatory program as well as appropriate technical training and public outreach activities.”   

The proposed goals in the draft State Plan are based upon a “vision” of the best overall solid waste management system for Kansas.  The vision emphasizes sustainability and it is characterized by various criteria that in combination yield a waste management system that minimizes impacts to human health and the environment. 

“Kansans generate and manage more than 5 million tons of solid waste each year,” said Bill Bider, director of the Bureau of Waste Management.  “Such large volumes present huge challenges and a high potential to create nuisances, impact water and air quality, and waste natural resources, if only a small percentage is mismanaged.” 

The draft Kansas Solid Waste Plan addresses the following major areas each of which has its own goals and strategies:

“KDHE appreciates the input provided by over one hundred stakeholders to help the department develop the vision and to evaluate the current solid waste management system in light of the preferred system characteristics,” said Bider.  

KDHE welcomes public comments to help finalize the draft plan.  Comments will be accepted through September 10, 2010.  Comments should be submitted to the director of the Bureau of Waste Management either by e-mail (wbider@kdheks.gov) or by U.S. mail to: Bill Bider, Director, Bureau of Waste Management, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 320, Topeka, KS 66612-1366.
The State Plan is anticipated to be finalized and adopted by the Secretary of KDHE before the end of 2010. 

Any questions regarding the state plan should be directed to Bill Bider at the above e-mail address or by phone, 785-296-1612.