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In 2019, county and city governments removed 584,496 bags of litter on 148,426 miles of roadways. Most of the items found on roadways are plastic bottles and food containers.

Litter Abatement Grant Program

Division of Waste Management Seeks Applications for Illegal Open Dump Cleanup, Litter Abatement Grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2021) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads.

“These two grant programs have successfully helped cities and counties across the state keep roadsides litter free and eliminate illegal open dumps,” said EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “Since 2006, the Illegal Open Dump Grant has funded the cleanup of 2,330 dump sites and the Litter Abatement Grant has assisted every county in maintaining the natural beauty of their roadways.”

Litter cleanup grant awards are awarded based on a formula that considers road miles, total population and rural population in each county. For dump cleanup grants, counties request specific amounts based on estimated dump costs.

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The following documents are not required but are provided solely for the information and convenience of the grant recipients in tracking program activities and expenditures:

Did your county or city receive a litter abatement grant?

Contact your county solid waste coordinator or judge/executive if a county road has a litter problem.
Contact your mayor if a city road has a litter problem.

Criminal Littering Statutes: