Anderson County has a total area of 584 square miles, of which 580 square miles is land and 4.1 square miles (0.7%) is water. It hosts a transfer station, construction and demolition landfill, permanent recycling center, and collection point for household hazardous waste, all at its consolidated facility just south of Garnett.

Tax revenue and tipping fees finance the county’s solid waste operations. The Solid Waste Supervisor manages the day-to-day operations and determines the annual budget, which must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

Transfer Station / C&D Landfill / Recycling / HHW

25404 NE Nebraska Road, Garnett KS 66032
(785) 448-3109

Mon-Fri: 7 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat: 8 AM - Noon

 

Communities served by the county include:
Garnett – 2nd Class City (county seat)
Colony – 3rd Class
Greeley – 3rd Class
Kincaid – 3rd Class
Westphalia – 3rd Class
Bush City – Unincorporated
Harris – Unincorporated
Welda – Unincorporated

Municipal Solid Waste

Solid waste is hauled to the transfer station by generators using their own vehicles or by municipality or private haulers. Most areas of the county and the smaller cities have weekly collection. The City of Garnett is the only municipality in the county with a city-owned collection service with its own employees and trucks, where there is a mandatory service fee for residents on their utility bill.

The transfer station has a covered tipping floor, push wall, and parallel truck lane. The county owns a rubber tire loader to manage the waste onsite and a semi with a walking-floor trailer to transport solid waste to Allen County Landfill in LaHarpe, Kansas. There is a fee for using the transfer station, which helps to pay for facility operations and equipment. The operators are trained to sample loads and keep records and have authority to reject loads that contain unauthorized waste.

Visit the county's website for the most up-to-date list of accepted waste and associated costs.

 

Construction / Demolition Debris

Individuals and businesses may haul construction debris or similar wastes to the transfer station, where it will be buried in the county’s Construction and Demolition landfill (KDHE Permit #147). Only approved construction and demolition debris may be placed in this landfill, where each load is visually screened at the scale house to determine if it is acceptable for disposal. Foundations, blocks, rocks, sidewalks, driveways, and asphalt must be placed in the clean rubble pile. Fees are assessed for disposal according to the load weight.

Waste Tires

Used tires are accepted at the transfer station for a fee. An approved contractor periodically picks up the tires for disposal in accordance with KDHE regulations, where recycling is strongly advocated. Tire dealers in the county also accept used tires for a fee. No tires are accepted in the general solid waste stream.

Composting

Backyard composting is highly encouraged for county residents. Unfortunately, the county is not currently set up to accept or process any composting materials.

Recycling

The county maintains a mobile recycling collection trailer that is routed between eight communities within the county monthly: Kincaid, Colony, Garnett, Welda, Westphalia, Harris, Greely, and Bush City. County residents are invited to place their recyclable materials into the source separated bins on the trailer while it is in the community closest to them. The county also used a box truck to provide recycling pickup services for businesses within Garnett city limits.

County employees transport the collected materials to a permanent recycling center located just outside of Garnett, where they are sorted, separated, and baled before being shipped offsite to external vendors. County residents may drop off items for recycling, FREE of charge, during regular business hours. Items must be clean, but labels do not need to be removed.

Accepted materials include:
• Cardboard and Paperboard (cereal boxes, pasta boxes, shoe boxes, gift boxes, clean pizza boxes, etc.)
• Office/ Mixed Paper (copy paper, envelopes, junk mail, flyers, etc.) Shredded paper accepted.
• Newspaper and Magazines.
• Plastics #1 PETE Plastics & Milk Jugs ONLY.
• Aluminum Cans and Aluminum Foil/Scrap (pie pans, food trays, etc.)
• Steel / Tin Cans
• Glass. All colors accepted. Remove lids and rinse.

Materials NOT accepted:
• Plastic / Trash bags of any kind
• #2  to #7 Plastics  (Styrofoam or PVC)
• Electronic waste (computers, TVs, printers, DVD players, phones, etc.)

Visit the county website for the most up-to-date list of accepted materials and trailer locations.

Household Hazardous Waste

The county has a Household Hazardous Waste program (KDHE Permit #860) and accepts approved waste, for a fee, from individuals during regular business hours. Wastes are typically considered to be Hazardous if they have labels with the words “Warning, Caution, Poison, &/or Danger”, as they usually mean that the product had ingredients that may have one or more of the following characteristics: Corrosive, Toxic, Flammable or Explosive.

Examples of these wastes include, but are not limited to:
• Paint and paint thinners
• Pesticides
• Bleach
• Batteries
• Cleaners

Materials from Anderson County households ONLY. No business or commercial HHW is accepted.

 

Used Batteries:

Lead Acid Batteries are accepted at local battery dealers for recycling and free of charge through the county’s HHW program. They are also accepted at the compactor sites and the transfer station for removal and recycling by a private contractor. They are not accepted into the waste stream and are not to be disposed of in any manner other than established for recycling.

Lithium-ion Batteries are NOT accepted at this time.

Used Oil:

Used oil and automotive fluids are accepted, free of charge, through the county’s HHW program at the transfer station, where they are bulked and stored until being sold to a certified processor for recycling.