Composting Program

Dennis Degner, Ph.D., P.E. - Section Chief

Solid Waste Permits Section

Joe Cronin, P.E. - Unit Chief, Solid Waste Processing & Planning Unit

KDHE promotes composting as an alternative to landfill disposal of organics. These organics can include yard waste, garden waste, food waste, livestock manure and dead animals, source-separated organics, and that portion of the municpal solid waste stream that is organic.

Composting is defined in K.A.R. 28-29-3 as a controlled process of microbial degradation of organic material into a stable, nuisance-free, humus-like product. This term shall not include the following:

Manure storage piles, whether turned to stabilize or not turned; and
Yard waste directly applied to agricultural land

Composting facilities in Kansas require either a registration or permit depending on the size of the facility. K.S.A. 65-3402(y) defines a composting facility as being larger than 1/2 acre in size. Sites under 1/2 acre in composting area are required to register and sites that are 1/2 acre and over in composting area must obtain a permit. Five types of facilities are recognized in Kansas regulations: yard waste, manure, livestock, source-separated organic waste, and municipal solid waste. Each type of facility has its own regulation beginning with K.A.R. 28-29-25a and ending with K.A.R. 28-29-25f.

For more information, contact Ken Powell at 785-296-1121 or by email kpowell@kdheks.gov.

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