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First household hazardous waste collection in the books
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The first household hazardous waste collection has taken place in Barton County, netting 148 pounds. More collection dates are scheduled through October. - photo by Tribune file photo

On the first household hazardous waste collection day April 15, 148 pounds of HHW was taken in at various collections.

So, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock said the Landfill has many good items that have been recycled through the HHW program, including such things as cleaners and paints. They are available at no cost.

Visit for a listing of items available and what items are accepted during the collections.

The monthly HHW collection days run from 8 a.m. to noon at the landfill. Scheduled collections will run through October on the third Saturday of the month. 

In addition, there will be collections: At the Road and Bridge Shop, 11th and Trail; In Hoisington on Sept. 24 west side of the city shops, 160 S. Pine; and at the Sunflower Diversified Services recycling location from 9 a.m. to noon on April 23, 5523 10th in Great Bend.

County residents can call ahead for an appointment if they can’t make the regularly scheduled collections and the staff will try to accommodate them,

Barton County Landfill hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information regarding recycling, household hazardous waste, or regular household waste, call the landfill at 620-793-1898.

The report was part of County Administrator Richard Boeckman’s biweekly departmental update. Other highlights included:

County Engineer Barry McManaman

• Attended a Kansas Department of Transportation field check for a box culvert replacement project on US-281.

• Attended a Cow Creek flood mapping project meeting in Hoisington

• Looked at traffic flow concern due to sight distance restriction on County road and identified a solution that will be implemented. What road?


Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips 

Road and Bridge

• Bridge crews replaced a major crossover culvert on Southeast 20 Road, necessitating repair to the asphalt roadway.

• Culverts were repaired in the Albert and Galatia areas.

• Bridge silt cleanouts occurred in the Ellinwood and Great Bend area.

• Six Stop Signs were replaced due to damages. 

• Mowing equipment was prepared for the summer mowing season which began May 3rd.

• Asphalt crews began work on West 10th Street and moved operations south of Albert on repairing asphalt roads.

Memorial Parks

• Debris was picked up in preparation for mowing and work prior to Memorial Day. 

Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock

In the last reporting period, the Barton County Landfill took in:

• 1,030 tons of municipal solid waste

• 421 tons of construction/demolition waste

• 12 tons of special waste

• 637 loads of waste received for disposal

• $54,588.29 of revenue generated through disposal fees


• 62 Mattresses were delivered to Hutchinson Correctional Facility for recycling.

Health Director Shelly Schneider

• Collaborating continues with Human Trafficking issues in this community.

• BCHD is working with Clara Barton Clinic on offering vaccines while they are offering their Free Sports Physicals.