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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.

Applications Sought for Recycling, Composting, and Household Hazardous Waste Grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2021) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is accepting grant applications for projects that develop recycling and composting infrastructure or offer education programs, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.

Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply. Applications with regional projects are given priority. Each grant requires a 25 percent local match.

“The division is pleased to be able to help Kentucky communities maintain and grow their recycling and composting infrastructure through these grants,” said Division of Waste Management Director Tammi Hudson. “We encourage all counties to take advantage of the HHW grant program to promote the proper management of potentially dangerous household chemicals.”

Grant funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund and is underwritten by a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills.

Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch, or emailed to by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021. The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete.


2020-21 Recycling HHW and Composting Grant Recipients List.pdf

For more information, contact Grant White at (502) 782-6474 or by e-mail at: 


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