Serving Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami and Osage counties in East-Central Kansas

The Lake Region Solid Waste Authority is a consortium of six Kansas counties who joined together in 1995 to help each other solve solid waste issues, build recycling facilities, dispose of household hazardous waste properly and encourage the public to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Contact your county for information on recycling electronic waste.


The Lake Region Solid Waste Authority is not another layer of bureaucracy, nor is it a waste hauling service.

Rather, we provide a liaison service between the counties and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and offer grant writing and administration services and educational programs to the six-county region.

Some of our programs include:

*RECYCLING IN ALL SIX COUNTIES - Each county has a modern, well-staffed and well-equipped recycling facility.

*HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITIES - Five permanent sites and mobile collection in one county.

*EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS - Invite the Lake Region administrator or board members to speak at your school or civic organization.

*GRANT WRITING/ADMINISTRATION - Since 1995, the Lake Region counties have received more than $1.6 million from state grant funds to build the facilities and keep them operating.

*ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION - All six counties participated in a pilot program in Kansas collecting e-waste such as old computers, printers, fax machines, televisions, games and microwave ovens. Contact your county for information on current e-waste collection.


The six-county Lake Region is a diverse place geographically and demographically.

Miami and Franklin counties are semi-rural, with 12 percent population growth as they are on the southern edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Osage County is on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills and is gaining population from the Topeka metroplitan area.

Linn, Anderson and Coffey counties to the south are far more rural, with topography ranging from hardwood forests in Linn County, along the Missouri border, to rolling plains in Coffey County.

With such diversity, the counties have forged a unique relationship to help solve the area's solid waste issues, allowing each county to maintain its autonomy, but at the same time sharing information, technology, equipment and other resources.


Contact the Colleen Lopez, Lake Region Solid Waste Authority Coordinator at


We think Kansas is a great place to live and we encourage everyone to REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE to keep our state clean and green!

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