For Immediate Release
March 21, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE hosting WORKS! Conference in Wichita to raise awareness about environmental issues

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is hosting the 17th Annual WORKS! Conference on Recycling, Composting, Household Hazardous Waste and Renewable Energy on March 22 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

This year’s conference will have a focus on renewable energy from organic wastes. A keynote address will be given by KDHE Secretary, Dr. Robert Moser. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will also be in attendance.

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.

“Kansas has tremendous opportunities to process wastes to yield renewable energy,” said Bill Bider, Director of KDHE’s Bureau of Waste Management. In addition, tours will highlight Wichita facilities including the Wichita Household Hazardous Waste facility, the Miller Recycling facility, Waste Connections & Recycle Bank and the Brooks Landfill.

For more information on the conference, call 785-296-1600 or visit