Reducing KC's solid waste footprint

This project will help reduce the solid waste footprint of the Kansas City region through efficient diversion programs, such as recycling and composting, and through cost-effective disposal of solid waste material. Our team has a combined 75 years of experience and we look forward to helping Kansas Citians solve our looming waste management crisis. From littering and illegal dumping to our current landfills reaching capacity, we want to be a thought partner in planning strategically for our future.

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Immediate Need

The good news is that the Kansas City metro is full of momentum and because of it, we’ve added half a million people to our region since 2000. The bad news is that we haven’t met our recycling goals over the past 20 years. That reality has created a trash problem. 

Consider this math: Kansas City produces 7,500 tons of trash every day and 2.7 million tons per year. We have less than 15 years of remaining space left with the three landfills currently serving the metro area and our population is growing at rapid rates. Kansas City also currently faces serious problems with illegal dumping and littering. Waiting to solve this problem is not the answer. Expanding landfill access now allows for mitigating our current illegal dumping and littering problems and puts us in a strategic position to plan for the future. 

Long-Term Benefits 

A new landfill in a mostly rural, undeveloped area of South Kansas City is the smart way to plan for the long-term. The proposed landfill site could save the city nearly $500,000,000 versus hauling waste a longer distance. These savings can help city officials fund important aspects of our overall waste management plan, like more public awareness on recycling and diversion, cheaper trash and recycling fees, and potentially lifting the city’s current two-bag trash limit. The proposed landfill will also help reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating the need for long-distance waste transportation, resulting in a decrease in emissions and serving as a potential gas to energy resource.


Aerial View

Watch an aeriel view of this project's proposed boundaries and footprint.