The state of Kansas wants you to talk trash.
Specifically, the Department of Health and Environment is seeking public opinions on what should be in the next statewide Solid Waste Management Plan, which will be enacted next year and guide waste disposal through 2015.
KDHE has plenty of ideas on waste disposal and the legislative authority to carry them out. But the department doesn’t have the money to do everything it wants to, said Bill Bider, director of the Bureau of Waste Management.
That’s where the public comment comes in, he said.
“We primarily have to prioritize,” Bider said. “We’re looking for feedback from interested parties about how best to use the state’s funds.”
The comments will help gauge the level of interest in recycling programs, educational efforts, illegal-dumping enforcement and other issues, he said.