The Lake Region Solid Waste Authority is a consortium of six Kansas counties who joined together in 1995 to help each other solve solid waste issues, build recycling facilities, dispose of household hazardous waste properly and encourage the public to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The six-county Lake Region is a diverse place geographically and demographically. Miami and Franklin counties are semi-rural, with 12 percent population growth as they are on the southern edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Osage County is on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills and is gaining population from the Topeka metropolitan area. Linn, Anderson and Coffey counties to the south are far more rural, with topography ranging from hardwood forests in Linn County, along the Missouri border, to rolling plains in Coffey County.

With such diversity, the counties have forged a unique relationship to help solve the area's solid waste issues, allowing each county to maintain its autonomy, but at the same time sharing information, technology, equipment and other resources.


The Lake Region Solid Waste Management Plan is the document that guides each of the six member counties with its solid waste issues. Click the link above to view the SWMP.

The Plan is only a guide. By state law, it is reviewed annually and filed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Waste Management. The county commissions in each member county are the final authority in solid waste management decisions.



LRSWA offers public outreach and educational services

Presentations, discussions, and lessons in landfill education, recycling, household hazardous waste, composting, and other subjects

Adopt-a-Bike Program

6 county bicycle program