Last year, Kentucky’s recycling rate for common household items (such as glass, paper, metal and plastics) was 34.3 percent, keeping pace with the national average of 34.1 percent. Much of Kentucky’s recycling success has been due to the Kentucky Division of Waste Management, Recycling Assistance Section’s approval of almost $17 million in Kentucky Pride Fund-financed recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW) grants.
The Kentucky Pride Fund receives money collected from an environmental remediation fee of $1.75 per ton of waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills. Since 2007, a percentage of that money has been used to create and distribute recycling and HHW grants to counties, cities and other political subdivisions of the state, including public school districts and universities.
These grant programs impose certain requirements for recipients of the grants, such as: the grantee shall provide a 25 percent match to the grant amount (which may consist of in-kind services), the grantee shall demonstrate that the proposed project will remain financially viable after the grant funds have been expended, and the grantee shall demonstrate that the service added by the project is Continue reading “Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Grants Benefit Kentucky Communities”