State Funds Help Pay For Cleanup
The City of Wichita has received Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) funds to help clean up a site in Planeview at 1p.m., Thurs. July 15. It is located in the middle of a housing division bounded by Clifton, Rutan, Sunnybrook and Dunham. The site contains household trash, furniture, construction debris, appliances, overgrown weeds and brush. KDHE and City staff will be available on site for interviews.
The area poses several health and safety concerns. Renters and landlords use this site to illegally dispose waste which sometimes includes chemicals. The household trash attracts rodents and mosquitoes which can carry diseases. Protruding nails, sharp edges and unsecured appliances could also cause injuries. These are all concerns because the area is used by school age children as a route between their homes, school and the park. In addition, dump sites often serve as magnets for other criminal activities such as drug trafficking or gang activity.
In 2000, KDHE established an illegal dump clean-up fund utilizing State Solid Waste Management dollars. These funds can be used by municipalities and counties which agree to contribute 25% of the clean-up costs. The estimated cost to clean up this site in Planeview is $6,000.