Commonwealth Cleanup Week March 21-28

Promotes personal responsibility for clean surroundings

It’s time to pull your work boots and gloves out of winter storage and participate in this year’s Commonwealth Cleanup Week, March 21-28.

Volunteers from across Kentucky will fill trash bags and pick up old tires during this 17th annual event.

The weeklong initiative is promoted by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and kicks off the Great American Cleanup, which spans from March through May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities with an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth. Continue reading “Commonwealth Cleanup Week March 21-28”

State Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Grants to Cleanup Illegal Dumps

Funds will eliminate 102 illegal dumps in 20 counties

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that $876,730 in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 102 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the Commonwealth.

“Illegal dumping is a major problem that raises significant concerns with regard to safety,
property values and quality of life in our communities,” said EEC Secretary Len Peters. “It is a major economic burden on local governments that are typically responsible for cleaning up dump sites.” Continue reading “State Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Grants to Cleanup Illegal Dumps”

Announcing Illegal Dump Grant Recipients

Dump Grant
Illegal open dump grants help Kentucky counties clean up debris-laden eyesores such as this. Division of Waste Management photo.

The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced that approximately $1.36 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 129 illegal dumps in 24 counties across the Commonwealth.

The following counties have been awarded grants: Breathitt, Bullitt, Carlisle, Christian, Clark, Crittenden, Cumberland, Elliott, Green, Hart, Henderson, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Mason, Warren, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford. Continue reading “Announcing Illegal Dump Grant Recipients”

Illegal Open Dumping is the Pits

Typically we think of roadsides, private property and vacant lots when we hear the phrase “illegal open dump.” Truth is illegal open dumps can show up anywhere, including caves and sink holes. This past May, the massive cleanup of the “Gulf Pit Dump” began in one of Hart County’s caves.

The Gulf Pit Dump cleanup took 12 weeks to complete, but preparation had been in the works for three years. The cleanup was made possible by a $219,000 grant from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Illegal Open Dump Grant program. This was the largest illegal open dump cleanup in 2013 and the first cave cleanup where illegal open dump funds were used. Continue reading “Illegal Open Dumping is the Pits”

26 Counties to Receive Funds

Gov. Steve Beshear announced that approximately $2.1 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Energy and Environment Cabinet for cleanup of 172 illegal dumps in 26 counties across the Commonwealth.

“Illegal dumping is a major problem that raises significant concerns with regard to safety, property values and quality of life in our communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “Cleaning up dump sites also is an economic burden on our local governments. These grants offer local communities funding relief to their tight budgets.”

The following counties received grants: Continue reading “26 Counties to Receive Funds”

Open Dump Cleanup Program Showing Positive Results

The Division of Waste Management’s Illegal Open Dump Cleanup Program is a great example of the concrete ways the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) improves Kentuckians’ quality of life in efficient and cost effective ways.

This program uses the Kentucky Pride Fund to provide grants to counties to assist in cleaning up their open dumps. Counties are asked to provide 25 percent of the cleanup costs in most cases, either in matching funds or through in-kind services, and to coordinate the projects at a county level. This process allows for local control of each project, while harnessing a large, statewide funding source.

Since 2005 this program has funded the cleanup of 1,661 illegal open dumps at a cost of $10.7 million, which comes out to a bit more than $1,000 per dump. Discounting the first year of the program, during which participation was much lower than following years, Kentucky Pride funded cleanups have comprised over 65 percent of all illegal open dump cleanups across the state.

The chart below shows total dump cleanups in Kentucky since 2005, including those that were not funded by Kentucky Pride. Note that the number of Continue reading “Open Dump Cleanup Program Showing Positive Results”

Don’t Wait to Apply – Litter Abatement Grants, Illegal Open Dump Remediation Grants Deadline is Nov. 1

The following grants are administered through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch in Frankfort. The deadline for Kentucky counties and cities to apply for 2013 funds is quickly approaching.

Litter Abatement Grants

The 2013 litter abatement grant packets can be accessed online at http://waste.ky.gov/rla/grants. There are two packet versions – one is designed for counties and the other for cities. The packets include: Continue reading “Don’t Wait to Apply – Litter Abatement Grants, Illegal Open Dump Remediation Grants Deadline is Nov. 1”