John G. McGrath — The Hale Center for Journalism
According to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment press release, Kansas’ recycling rate has gone from 17.9 percent in 2005 to 34 percent in 2013. These numbers come from the percentage of waste that ends up in recycling centers and not landfills.
One of the reasons for the increase is Johnson County’s implementation of its mandatory yard waste recycling program, said Bill Bider, director of KDHE’s Bureau of Waste Management.
“New programs in Kansas are making this number rise, and Johnson County’s implementation of mandatory curbside yard waste collection is one of the reasons,” Bider said.
The press release also states that the daily disposal rate per person has decreased by 24 percent to 4.2 pounds per person over the same time period.
“Kansans have taken this (recycling) to heart,” Bider said.
The Adequacy of Waste Reduction Practices in Kansas report can be found here.