Kentucky Division of Waste Management Grants Benefit the Commonwealth

Tom Heil, Chris Craig and Shannon Powers, all from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management, discuss the baling process of recyclable items with David Beasley, solid waste coordinator for Metcalfe County. Photo credits: Gina Kinslow, Glasgow Daily Times

Read it in the news – Kentucky communities are talking about how recycling grants and household hazardous waste (HHW) grants are benefiting their communities. The grants come from the Kentucky Pride Fund and are administered by the Division of Waste Management’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch. These grants are used by Kentucky communities for valuable waste management activities including building recycling infrastructure and holding household hazardous waste collection events.

Read how Pulaski, Metcalfe and Madison counties are using these grants to benefit their communities:

On June 13, 2012, Governor Beshear announced 44 recycling and 17 household hazardous waste grants totaling $3.9 million. Click here for the press release and to see if your community is one of the 2012-2013 waste grant recipients.

Monies from the Kentucky Pride Fund are also used for litter abatement, closure of historic landfills, and remediation of illegal open dumps. An environmental remediation fee of $1.75 per ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills is placed into the Kentucky Pride Fund.

While the most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place, we can all save natural resources, reduce waste management costs, and beautify our state by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

For more information visit or contact:

Ricky Solomon, Acting Branch Manager
Recycling and Local Assistance Branch
Kentucky Division of Waste Management
200 Fair Oaks Lane, 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601