Waste Management

Video: Holiday waste reduction with PPI director Nancy Larson

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, specifically the Bureau of Waste Management or BWM, is responsible for implementing and enforcing solid and hazardous waste regulations in the state. The Pollution Prevention Institute, or PPI, works in various waste management and waste prevention areas including, food recovery, beneficial reuse and hazardous waste regulatory compliance.

Food Recovery

According to the EPA, each year the United States wastes nearly 31% of its overall food supply, with food waste making up approximately 15 percent of what goes to our landfills. Dating back to 2012, PPI has worked with various industrial, institutional and community programs assisting entities with food waste prevention or diversion to hungry populations.  Check out the food recovery resources, including tools and case studies on the food recovery page.

Hazardous Waste Regulatory Compliance Assistance

The Pollution Prevention Institute, through the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, or SBEAP, works primarily with hazardous waste regulations by providing free and confidential compliance assistance for Kansas small businesses that may need help understanding or identifying how the regulations apply to their facility. This service is administered through our hotline, email communication, on-site visits and the various tools posted below, as well as training events. In addition to dealing with hazardous waste regulations, SBEAP also assists with air quality permits, storage tanks regulations, and waste or stormwater permits. Check “Need Help” to request assistance