Division of Waste Management Seeks Applications for Illegal Dump Cleanup, Litter Abatement Grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2020) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and litter cleanup along public roads.

“Kentuckians deserve to live in safe and clean communities and we each also have a responsibility to limit our impact on the environment,” said Gov. Beshear. “These programs protect our people and wildlife and make our commonwealth an even better place to live and visit.”

Litter cleanup grant awards are awarded based on a formula that considers road miles, total population and rural population in each county.  For dump cleanup grants, counties request specific amounts based on estimated cleanup costs.

“These two grant programs have been successful in helping cities and counties across the state deal with roadside litter and illegal open dumps,” said EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman.  “The Illegal Open Dump Grant has funded the cleanup of 2,231 dump sites since 2006 and the Litter Abatement Grant has assisted every county in the state in maintaining the natural beauty of their roadways.”

Cleanup of Illegal Dumps

Counties that are in compliance with their five-year solid waste management plans can now apply for funds to clean up illegal open dumps. In the event that sufficient funds are not available to award every request, grant awards may be prioritized on several factors, including location of the dump relative to sensitive receptors or protected areas, the relative hazard posed by the contents of the dumps and the size of the dump.

Applications must be received by Lisa Evans at the Division of Waste Management no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.  The complete, signed original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the application to be considered.

Funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is supported by a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills.

Each grant requires a 25 percent local match. Grant application packets are being sent by email to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information, contact Lisa Evans by emailing lisa.evans@ky.gov.

Litter Abatement

Grant requests for litter cleanup will be accepted from counties in compliance with their five-year solid waste management plans and from incorporated cities which, by solid waste ordinance or other means, provide municipal solid waste collection service.

The Litter Abatement Grant program is supported by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Road Fund and Highway Construction Contingency Fund. Since 2003, state and local governments have cleaned more than three million miles of roadways with help from these grants.

Grant requests must be received by Lisa Evans at the Division of Waste Management no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. The signed original agreement and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the request to be considered.

Grant request packets are being sent by email to county judge-executives, mayors and solid waste coordinators. For more information, contact Lisa Evans by email at lisa.evans@ky.gov.

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