Kentucky Recycling Assistance Programs

The Recycling Assistance Section (RAS) has been very busy during the month of March speaking to affiliates of Eastern Kentucky Pride during their annual spring cleanup meetings held in Hazard, Columbia, London, Catlettsburg and Prestonsburg. RAS members Rick Solomon, Cathy Guess, Tom Heil, Shannon Powers and JR Holt explained each of the section’s programs—e-Scrap, Recycling Grants, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Grants, Medical Waste and the Waste Tire Program.

Meeting attendees found out about the “All-Agency” e-Scrap recycling contract that the state has entered into with Creative Recycling Systems and how all political subdivisions of the state can participate.

UntitledThe deadline of April 1 was discussed for those attendees wanting to apply for equipment or education monies through a recycling grant or a one-time annual event to clear citizen homes of hazardous items such as Drano, oven cleaner or oil-based paints through a HHW grant.

“I would like to see more communities applying for HHW grants this year,” said RAS Supervisor Solomon. “Last year, only 16 out of 120 counties applied.”

Old, new and pending medical waste regulations were discussed with attendees. The Waste Tire Program, featuring the monies spent on the King’s tire fire cleanup, the spring waste tire amnesty county schedule and the $3,000 waste tire grants, was discussed in great detail.

“It is a really good opportunity for RAS to be able to get out in the communities and spread the word about their programs,” said Gary Logsdon, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch Manager.

To arrange for an RAS presentation in your community, or for more information on recycling assistance in Kentucky, contact:

Rick Solomon, Recycling Assistance Section Supervisor
Recycling and Local Assistance Branch
Kentucky Division of Waste Management
200 Fair Oaks Lane, 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-6716, ext. 4642