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KDHE: State's Recycling Rate On The Rise

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state's recycling rate has risen from about 18 percent in 2005 to 34 percent by the end of last year.

The agency says the numbers reflect the percent of waste that ends up in recycling facilities instead of landfills.

The KDHE's Bureau of Waste Management director Bill Bider says the recycling rate has improved each year over the last decade.

KDHE added that the per capita daily disposal rate has dropped by about a fourth since 2005, to about 4 pounds per day.

Kansas has 52 municipal solid waste landfills, and enough estimated total capacity for about 40 years.