Pawnee County Solid Waste


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) urges the public to take necessary steps to protect sanitation workers from coming into contact with potentially contaminated items. Solid waste collection is a critical and essential job as part of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The men and women working in the waste and recycling industry are on the frontlines protecting human health and the environment.

“The sanitation department and hauler employees collecting waste and recycling are working under very challenging conditions due to increased residential volumes and concerns over exposure to COVID-19 in material placed at the curb,” stated David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “We urge citizens to help protect these hard working employees and reduce the burden on the solid waste collection system.”

SWANA asks residents to not participate in spring cleaning at this time because of the large amounts of trash that is already being put out while people stay at home. Some communities report up to a thirty-eight percent increase in residential trash collected. In addition, workers must work even more carefully right now, sometimes with fewer people.

Studies suggest the virus can live on plastic for two to three days and cardboard for 24 hours. For this reason, all trash should be placed in a closed plastic bag or in a container such as a cart.  If the trash is associated with someone with Covid 19 or suspected to have Covid 19 all household trash generated by that person should be in in a bag and could be double bagged for added protection. The public can also help protect workers by washing their hands before taking out the trash and by sanitizing the lids and handles of bins and carts.

Medical waste such as masks, gloves, wipes, and tissues should never be put into recycling carts or bins. Contaminated materials can be passed along to workers who will later sort it by hand. But make sure these items do end up in the trash. Many communities are seeing high rates of gloves and masks ending up as litter.  If you use disposable masks and gloves please put them  in the trash do not litter.

Residents should check with their service provider for any changes made at this time, like closing drop off centers or suspending yard waste collection. These temporary modifications to service are meant to protect the lives of the hard-working men and women in the waste and recycling industry, as well as the public.

Pawnee County Solid Waste Facility

The Pawnee County Solid Waste Facility is a convenient drive just minutes south of Larned. The facility handles household trash, demolition and construction waste, tree and shrub waste, metal, and grass clippings. Supervisor Rod Wheaton can assist you and answer any questions you may have. 

Rod Wheaton and crew will be on hand to help you properly dispose of all your household hazardous waste on Saturday October 5th from 9am to 12pm.  If you have any questions please call Rod at 620-285-2016.  

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