Landfills in the southeast Kansas counties of Cherokee and Crawford will receive nearly three million cubic yards of debris from tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., state officials said today.
Due to the proximity, southeast Kansas landfills are preferred over sites in Missouri, according to federal and state officials.
Prairie View Regional Waste Facility near Lamar, Mo., is the only landfill in Missouri receiving debris from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, according to the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
"We are working with landfill owners to quickly modify the design of facilities and operating plans to accommodate waste flows that are much larger than normal," said Bill Bider, waste management director for Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
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A screening process will be used to ensure that unauthorized waste is not disposed at the Kansas sites, KDHE said.
The first loads of debris began arriving in Kansas on Thursday. Several hundred loads are expected to be hauled into Kansas daily through mid-August
The debris includes wood, insulation, electrical wiring, rebar, concrete and bricks. Vegetative waste, such as trees and brush, is being managed at a Missouri site, where it will be burned or chipped.
The Kansas landfills taking in debris or being considered to receive it: City of Galena landfill, B-3 landfill in Cherokee County, GT Management landfill in Crawford County near Mulberry, and Oak Grove municipal solid waste landfill near Arcadia.