State Paper Recycling Program Keeps Waste Paper Out of Landfills, Ensures Safety of Sensitive, Shredded Documents

Running thousands of state government programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky means generating tons and tons of paper. The Kentucky Government Recycling Section (KGRS) State Office Paper Recycling Program works hard to make sure as much as possible that paper generated by state gets recycled, saving landfill space, recovering costs and making sure sensitive documents are destroyed in a secure manner. 

The KRGS recycled 2,523,469 pounds of paper and cardboard in 2015. The program has recycled 41,367,295 pounds since January, 2002.

in 2015, 4163 cubic yards of landfill space were saved by recycling the paper and cardboard That adds up to 68,256 cubic yards of landfill space saved since 2002.

The program was started in 1982 with one person, a small office and a Chevy Luv truck. KGRS currently has eight full-time staff and three temporary employees.

The program shreds millions of documents every year that include the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of state government as well as, city and county government agencies in the Commonwealth.

 

 

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January Edition of Marketplace Available for Download

The January edition of the Marketplace is available for download here: http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/recycling/Marketplace/January%202016.pdf

The MarketplaceIn this month’s edition, you’ll find news about declining recycling numbers in several major categories and increasing numbers for paper exports.

Grant fund recipients are announced and the recycling market prognosis is examined.

All that and more in the January edition of the Marketplace.

October edition of The Marketplace available online

The October issue of The Marketplace is available at: http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/recycling/Pages/Marketplace.aspx

The top stories in this month’s edition include the following:

RISI Study Eyes OCC Scarcity

A new report from Boston-based research from RISI examines the old corrugatedThe Marketplace containers (OCC) market for the next 15 years and predicts conditions that “will eventually limit availability of high quality OCC at reasonable prices,” according to Recycling Today. In a press release announcing the new report, titled “OCC/UKP Market Analysis and Outlook,” RISI comments that “containerboard markets have enjoyed historically low OCC prices since the peak in 2011. However, market dynamics are changing. Market

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Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and disposal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires. Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible. “We encourage all counties to take advantage of this grant opportunity,” said Gary Logsdon, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch. “This is a simple and efficient way for the division to assist counties in managing their waste tires.” Continue reading “Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund”