Kentucky agency awards $4.6 million in recycling grants

The Division of Waste Management of Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has announced that 53 recycling grants, 28 household hazardous waste grants and five composting grants totaling $4.6 million have been awarded to Kentucky counties. The purpose of the grants is to expand recycling infrastructure, reduce waste going into landfills, ensure proper management of household hazardous waste and help grow and improve composting operations in the state.

The 86 grants are funded from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee on each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.

“Recycling is one of the best ways to protect and promote our environment,” says EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. “These grants will help promote a better environment for all Kentuckians.”

The grants require a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” contributions, which can include personnel time, educational activities or advertising.

A complete list of grant recipients can be viewed at http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/recycling/Pages/recycling.aspx.