The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is celebrating Pollution Prevention (P2) Week and this year it will be observed Sept. 20-26.
P2 is designed to recognize and encourage pollution prevention through eliminating waste at its source, or where this is not feasible, reducing, reusing and recycling. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.
“Pollution prevention can improve environmental conditions as well as Kansas’ standard of living,” said Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary.  “With Kansans focusing on P2 we can meet the challenges of having healthy communities and businesses, clean watersheds and efficient government.”
Each year KDHE sponsors P2 Awards for businesses, industries, municipalities and individuals who make significant contributions to the prevention of pollution. The following organizations received an award this year:
Butler County received an award for its efforts in reusing and recycling electronic waste and for its landfill gas recovery and destruction.  The county e-waste facility accepts county resident’s e-waste at no cost and from surrounding businesses and organizations for a small fee. 
A major component of the program includes the reuse of electronics such as televisions and DVD players that are dropped off which operate properly and are in good condition.  The e-waste program reuses 16,000 pounds annually while an additional 282,000 pounds are recycled.  The landfill gas that is collected is sent to a flare to destroy the methane and any additional pollutants that are contained in landfill gas. 
The collection system collects and destroys 200 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas and the methane destroyed by the collection system is equal to a reduction of 22,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.