Solid Waste

In 2019 alone, Johnson County participated in cleanups over 135.2 miles picking up 2,700 bags of trash!

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Johnson County Waste Tire Collection Event


We would like to thank everyone who participated in the waste tire collection event for 2020. The event was a big success and Johnson County was able to remove several tires from the county. Look for this event again in 2021.

Monica Spriggs

P.O. Box 868

Paintsville, KY 41240

Phone: (606) 789-2550

Fax: (606) 789-2578

Smart People Agree, Litter is Stupid

WELCOME! Johnson County's Solid Waste Department oversees the County's litter, and illegal dumps. Solid Waste coordinates roadside litter cleanups and community cleanups, as well as prosecuting those who dump their garbage illegally. Additionally, we strive to educate people of all ages on environmental issues, proper disposal of waste, and how to recycle our trash. To learn more about Solid Waste and our citizen involvement, please contact Monica Spriggs.

During 2019 Johnson County participated in many roadside cleanup projects that combined the efforts of many participants within the county. The month of April is Spring Cleanup across the state of Kentucky. Johnson County participated in four community coordinated cleanup efforts sponsored by PRIDE cleaning 32 miles of roadways while collecting 328 bags of trash that weighed 3.28 tons. The efforts during the PRIDE sponsored cleanups were made possible by the 96 community volunteers that had a combined 488 hours worked.

In May of 2020, Johnson County continued the County Wide Cleanup Voucher program by offering Johnson County residents that were in compliance with the Solid Waste Ordinance a voucher to bring a load of trash or unwanted items to Apple Valley Sanitation at no cost to the resident. Eligibility guidelines provided for one voucher per household for households holding an account in good standing with Apple Valley Sanitation or in compliance with the solid waste ordinance. Items not accepted included tires, paint, and construction materials; and multi-dwelling units were subject to court’s approval. The voucher program was very successful with nearly 1100 residents receiving a voucher and approximately 700 residents participating. The voucher program was designed to bring back a much-needed service to support county-wide cleanup efforts, while providing ways for accountability and promote compliance of the existing county ordnance.

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Johnson County Jailer Steve Rose and Solid Waste Coordinator Monica Spriggs conducted 29 additional cleanups that utilized county road department employees, state road department employees, community service workers, and state inmates. The additional cleanup efforts yielded 103 road side miles cleaned, collecting 2,372 bags of litter that weighed approximately 26 tons. The total amount of road side litter for Johnson county was an astounding 29 tons for 2019.

Johnson County applied for funding to cleanup dumpsites through the Department of Solid Waste Management and a joint application with the Soil Conservation District. Dump sites that will be addressed in 2020 include Route 3390, Little Mud Lick, Dawkins Avenue, Staves Branch, Pricetown Road, and Millers Creek.


Be part of the solution, not the pollution.Feed the can, man.Slam dunk the junk.You think we like picking up after you?Put trash in its place.If you litter, the future will be bitterStop littering. The earth is not your garbage can.Every litter bit hurtsYou are the only cure for litter!Proud people don’t litter.Fight dirty. Keep our parks clean.

In June of 2019 Johnson County introduced the County Wide Cleanup Voucher program. Johnson County residents that were in compliance with the Solid Waste Ordinance were equable for a voucher to bring a load of garbage or unwanted items to Apple Valley Sanitation at no cost to the resident. Eligibility guidelines included one voucher per household, only households with an account in good standing with apple valley sanitation or in compliance with the solid waste ordinance, vouchers must be provided by Apple Valley Sanitation prior to or at time of disposal, no photocopies will be accepted. Items not accepted include tires, paint, and construction materials, Multi-dwelling units are subject to court’s approval. The voucher program was very successful and 526 residents participated and received a voucher. The voucher program was designed to bring back a much-needed service of the county wide cleanup to the community but put in place ways for accountability and promote compliance of our existing ordnance.


Our mission is to conserve resources, protect public health and safety, and educate the community. This is made possible by our wonderful partners - public agencies, industries, businesses, schools, and - most importantly - YOU.