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”

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Scrap Yard Scrapped, Transformed to City Park

busted concrete behind LS-2SAs time goes by and communities change, land use changes, too. The City of Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, Ky., used to be home to the Lincoln Scrap Yard, a property that operated as an automotive scrap yard for many years. In 2005, it was donated to the City of Crab Orchard by Judy and Cecil King.

With the site being in the heart of the city on Main Street, the city was interested in reusing the property. In 2006 the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection conducted Phase I and II environmental assessments on the property with Kentucky Targeted Brownfields Assessment funds. Continue reading “Scrap Yard Scrapped, Transformed to City Park”

Kentucky Division of Waste Management Announces $1.5 Million in Waste Grants

Recycling, household hazardous waste programs funded

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management recently announced 47 recycling and 22 household hazardous waste (HHW) grants to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste, which includes electronic scrap and mercury from homes throughout the Commonwealth.

Grant dollars from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills, are financing the 69 grants totaling $1,546,913.28. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Waste Management Announces $1.5 Million in Waste Grants”

Grants Available – Application Deadline April 1

Another opportunity is now available for Kentuckians to make a positive difference through the Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Grant Program.

2013-2014 recycling and household hazardous waste grant applications are now being accepted by the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch. Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants for regional projects.

Desirable grant activities include projects that focus on developing an integrated recycling infrastructure, managing household hazardous waste and Continue reading “Grants Available – Application Deadline April 1”

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”

Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Grants Benefit Kentucky Communities

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”

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”