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Local business, sustainability and environmental justice in Wyandotte County

We're coming together to talk about sustainability and environmental justice in Wyandotte County. With insights from Darling Ingredients, we'll discuss how local businesses and the community can reduce pollution and make a positive impact. Light refreshments will be served.

Nov. 16, 4-6:30 p.m.

Public Health Department Auditorium, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, KS 

Register for the event here >

PPI intern case summaries and presentations available online

The 2023 PPI summer internship program concluded with the annual symposium Aug. 3-4, where interns shared their experiences and recommendations that will assist their host companies in reducing water usage, chemical waste and energy. If you missed this year's symposium, case summaries and videos of their presentations are available on the PPI website.


Does your company, institution or city have sustainability goals or want to explore pollution prevention opportunities but lack time or human capital? A PPI intern can give your organization an environmental jumpstart.

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Hazardous waste container management

Container management violations are some of the most frequently cited violations by Kansas inspectors. In fact, “failure to maintain a closed container” and “failure to label the container with the words hazardous waste” are ranked near the top on BWM’s top-list of violations. In Kansas, all containers of hazardous waste must be labeled with the words “hazardous waste,” be closed except when adding or removing hazardous waste, be in good condition and contents must be compatible with the container. Hazardous waste storage containers must be inspected either monthly or weekly, and generators can use these calendars to document the inspections.

You can find more hazardous waste compliance information on PPI's website, including a short video regarding proper container management.

Tip: Containers that meet the definition of “RCRA empty” do NOT need to be managed as hazardous waste. For more details, consult page 13 of KDHE’s Hazardous Waste Generator Handbook. If you still have questions, email SBEAP or call 800-578-8898.

Industrial Environment Sustainability Practices intersession course available for CEUs

This January 2024 intersession course focuses on pollution prevention and sustainability practices in manufacturing and industrial facilities. It also includes an overview of environmental regulations and EPA tools. The course is available for credit, noncredit (students only) and professional development.

Individuals or nonstudents interested in taking the class for professional development and/or CEUs, should email Cris Brazil by Dec. 29, 2023. The cost for taking CE690 for professional development is $300. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 9 and 10 and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 11.

Learn more and enroll >

America Recycles Day is Nov. 15

On America Recycles Day, we recognize the importance and impact of recycling, which has contributed to American prosperity and the protection of our environment. The recycling rate has increased from less than 7% in 1960 to the current rate of 32 %. An EPA study found that recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for 681,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in wages.

EPA encourages every American to contribute by recycling right, not only on America Recycles Day, but all year long. This means checking with your local recycling provider to know what they will accept in your recycling bin. Visit EPA's website to learn more about the benefits of recycling, what you can do to reduce waste and how to recycle right.

Tank Talks

Tank Management Services will hold its annual "Tank Talks" in the upcoming weeks. Representatives from TMS and KDHE will present on topics including an update on permit renewals and KEIMS, new testing requirements, walkthrough inspections, and issues being seen in the field. Kansas SBEAP will also be on site to assist with updating and managing your KEIMS account.  

TopekaOct. 30 • 1 p.m. • Kansas Soybean Association, 1000 SW Red Oaks Pl.

Dodge CityNov. 6 • 1 p.m. • Dodge City Community College, 2501 N 14th Ave.

OakleyNov. 7 • 1 p.m. • Oakley Country Club, 815 W South 2nd St.

LawrenceNov. 9 • 1 p.m. • DoubleTree by Hilton, 200 McDonald Dr.

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Online hazardous waste training

Hazardous waste handlers are required to complete training annually, and new employees must be trained within six months of taking a position that requires they handle hazardous waste. This training needs to be documented and maintained for at least three years. 

PPI offers online training that includes a certificate of completion for $50 per user.

Enroll now >

Upcoming Events

Oct. 28, 2023

National Drug Take Back Day

Nov. 15, 2023

America Recycles Day

Nov. 15-16, 2023

Governor's Water Conference, Manhattan

Nov. 16, 2023

Local Business, Sustainability and Environmental Justice in Wyandotte County, Kansas City

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