Making a Difference – State Office Paper Recycling Program

White office paper, collected from state government offices in Frankfort, awaits grinding and bailing. Photo by Gary Logsdon
White office paper, collected from state government offices in Frankfort, awaits grinding and bailing. Photo by Gary Logsdon

The Government Recycling Section of the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch operates a state office paper recycling program. It serves more than 115 state agencies, is self-supporting and funds eight full-time staff positions.

The program offers free pickup and free document destruction of governmental office paper. The Government Recycling Section’s location on Northgate Drive in Frankfort, Ky., offers a secure environment to address confidentiality issues.

In 2012, state employees recycled 1,400 tons of waste paper – approximately 222 pounds per state employee.
In 2012, state employees recycled 1,400 tons of waste paper – approximately 222 pounds per state employee.

Office paper represents 80 percent of the waste stream in the office environment. The Energy and Environment Cabinet has been tracking the amount of governmental waste paper recycled since 1993, with more than 43 million pounds of paper being recycled through the state office paper recycling program.

Since 2002, state employees recycled more than 16,650 tons of waste paper, generating more than $2.4 million in revenue.

For more information on the state office paper recycling program, contact Recycling and Local Assistance Branch Manger Gary Logsdon at Gary.Logsdon@ky.gov or 502-564-6716, ext. 4636 or click on Kentucky Division of Waste Management Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2013.

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