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Recycling in the U.S. is a $236-billion-a-year industry. Companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products. The average American discards seven and one-half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where it's compacted and buried. Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills. Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials (for example, manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95 percent less energy). Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.

State Division of Waste Management Announces $4.6 Million in Grant Awards to Counties

Recycling, household hazardous waste, composting programs funded

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management today announced 49 recycling, 6 composting, and 29 household hazardous waste grants to expand recycling and composting infrastructure, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste.

The Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills, is financing the 84 grants totaling just over $4.6 million.

The grants require a 25-percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” personnel, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from the cities or counties receiving the awards.


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