Kansas City’s Solid Waste Division has one of the most cost-effective trash and recycling collection programs in the nation, spending $18.35 million annually or about $7 less per household than the national average.
With local landfills reaching capacity, program costs are expected to increase and there is concern that some waste disposal services and programs offered by the City may need to be eliminated. This is not just a Kansas City problem, but is an issue that will have an impact on the entire region.
To address growing concern about future solid waste issues, a project team selected by the City began work on a Long-Term Solid Waste Strategic Management Plan in the fall of 2007. The primary goal of the project team was to identify a long-term plan of action to effectively manage solid waste.
The Long-Term Solid Waste Strategic Management Plan was completed in the spring of 2008 and is available for download. A background document that assists in understanding the plan is also available for download.