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$4.8 Million Awarded in State Recycling, Composting and Household Hazardous Waste Grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 25, 2021) – Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced nearly $4.8 million in grants to Kentucky municipalities, fiscal courts and universities for 75 projects across the Commonwealth to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste.

“Kentucky is fortunate that so many municipalities are stepping up to reuse and recycle to reduce the amount of solid waste piling up in our landfills,” Gov. Beshear said. “This shows care for the environment and for each other.”

This program awards three types of grants:

  • The recycling grant provides funds for counties to purchase recycling equipment with the goal of promoting sustainable regional recycling infrastructure in Kentucky.
  • The composting grant funds the purchase of equipment to improve composting and promote creative solutions for managing food waste, lawn waste and other organic material. 
  • The household hazardous waste grant provides funds for counties to conduct annual drop-off events for their citizens to dispose of household chemicals, old electronics and other potentially hazardous wastes.

There were 34 recycling grants worth $2.71 million, 29 household hazardous waste grants worth $707,839 and 12 composting grants worth $1.37 million. These grants require a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” labor, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from those receiving the awards.

Secretary Goodman said some of these projects raise awareness about the importance of recycling home electronic equipment, which can contain metals such as mercury, which would be harmful to human health if put into landfills. “We all need to consider the life cycle of products and how we carefully dispose of them,” Sec. Goodman said.

Funding for the grants comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.

In order to apply for the next round of recycling, composting and household hazardous waste grants, applications should be postmarked or hand-delivered to Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch, or emailed to williamt.collins@ky.gov by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022.  The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete. Each grant requires a 25% local match.

 

2021-22 Recycling, HHW and Composting Grants Recipients List.pdf

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

 

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