Coffey County has a total area of 654 square miles, of which 627 square miles is land and 27 square miles (4.2%) is water. It hosts a permanent recycling center, collection point for household hazardous waste, and is the only Lake Region county to operate its own Subtitle D Landfill.

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

Landfill                         

1498 12th Lane SE
Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-2048

Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
1st & 3rd Saturdays:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Recycling / HHW

1432 12th Lane SE
Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-8409

Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - noon

 

Communities served by the county include:
Burlington – 2nd Class City (county seat)
Gridley – 3rd Class
Lebo – 3rd Class
LeRoy – 3rd Class
New Strawn – 3rd Class
Waverly – 3rd Class

Municipal Solid Waste

The Coffey County Sanitary Landfill is a Subtitle D municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill that operates pursuant to Solid Waste Disposal Area Permit #297, issued by Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Waste Management. The total landfill area is approximately 38 acres, consisting of two landfill units, which include the original 14-acre landfill and the 24-acre lateral expansion landfill. All incoming loads are weighed at the scale and the County Commission has adopted a resolution requiring that trash be bagged or covered. Landfill operators perform random inspections of waste to detect hazardous materials.

Landfill fees are based on the type and weight of materials brought to the landfill and support the operating expenses, solid waste disposal issues, and environmental concerns. Visit the county's website for the most up-to-date list of accepted waste and associated costs.

 

Construction / Demolition Debris

Since many of the materials involved in construction and demolition do not pose a great threat to the environment, they may be disposed of in a less regulated landfill, separate from the county’s Subtitle D landfill. Therefore, Coffey County operated a separate landfill designated solely for construction and demolition debris. 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. Fees are assessed for disposal according to the load weight

Waste Tires

Used tires are accepted at the landfill for a fee, where they may be processed and used as the first layer of solid waste in the Subtitle D landfill to protect the bottom liner. Unused or excess waste tires are periodically picked up by an approved contractor for disposal according to KDHE regulations, where recycling is strongly advocated. Tire dealers in the county also accept used tires for a fee and have them recycled.

Composting

Backyard composting is highly encouraged for county residents. Grass clippings, leaves and other seasonal wastes are accepted at the landfill and added to the active cell with other municipal wastes or diverted to a composting pile.

Recycling

The county maintains mobile recycling collection trailers that are routed between six communities within the county monthly: Burlington, Gridley, Lebo, LeRoy, New Strawn, Waverly. 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 uses the trailers and other box trucks to provide curbside service for businesses and residents that live within city limits. Pick-ups are on Tuesdays and Thursdays on a rotating schedule (1st/3rd or 2nd/4th) and additional collection are scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

County employees transport the trucks and trailers back to an 8,000 square foot permanent recycling center located just east of Burlington, where the materials are sorted, separated, and baled. County residents may drop off items for recycling, FREE of charge, during regular business hours.

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
• Phone books, paperback and hardbound books
• Plastics #1 , #2 , #4 , #5 and #7 ONLY. Rinse Containers. #3 PVC and #6 Styrofoam NOT accepted
• Aluminum Cans and Aluminum Foil/Scrap (pie pans, food trays, etc.)
• Steel / Tin Cans
• Glass. All colors accepted. Remove lids and rinse. Container glass only - NO dishes, Pyrex, ceramics, windows, etc.

Materials NOT accepted:
Plastic / Trash bags of any kind
#6 Styrofoam inserts, block or peanuts
#3 PVC Plastics
Electronic waste (computers, TVs, printers, DVD players, phones, etc.)

Visit the county's website for the most up-to-date list of accepted materials and the assigned days or weeks for pick up locations.

Household Hazardous Waste

The county has a Household Hazardous Waste program (KDHE Permit #764) 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.

Accepted materials include:
• Pesticides
• Herbicides
• Paints
• Mercury
• Household Cleaners

Materials NOT accepted include:
• Asbestos
• Ammunition
• Compressed Gas Cylinders
• Explosives
• Infectious and Radioactive Waste
• Kepone

Materials from Coffey 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 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 accepted, free of charge, through the HHW program and stored until removed by private contractors. This excludes batteries from Electric Vehicles. Landfill operators look for lithium batteries while performing their random inspections of waste loads to try and keep them out of the landfill.

Used Oil:

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