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​​​​​​​​​Why should I care about recycling?

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.

Recycling, Composting, and Household Hazardous Waste Grants​

The Division of Waste Management offers three competitive grant programs through the Kentucky Pride Fund that local government entities can use to develop integrated recycling/composting infrastructure and promote the proper disposal of hazardous household chemicals. Each grantee is required to submit an application for review.

Who can apply? Any county, waste management district, city, urban-county government, or other political subdivision of the state or any combination of the above, including school districts, shall be eligible to apply.

Important resources for these grant programs can be found below. ​For more information, contact Grant White​ at (502) 782-6474. 


Household Hazardous Waste

​Grant Recipients

Recycling Planning Guides

Need Recycling Equipment?

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