FRANKFORT – The City of Glasgow and Metcalfe and Hart counties are among the recipients of grants announced Tuesday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management.
Forty-nine recycling, 6 composting and 29 household hazardous waste grants are being provided to expand recycling and composting infrastructure, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste.
Glasgow is getting $61,500 for its recycling program and $10,000 for its annual collection of household hazardous waste.
Metcalfe County was awarded $39,700 for recycling efforts and $10,500 for the HHW collection.
Hart County is receiving $79,680 for its composting program.
On the same page on the cabinet's website as the link to the list of grant recipients is the question, “Why should I care about recycling?” The cabinet's answer is:
“Recycling in the U.S. is a $236-billion-a-year industry. Companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products. The average American discards seven and one-half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where it's compacted and buried. Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills. Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials (for example, manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95 percent less energy). Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.”
The Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills, finances the 84 grants totaling just over $4.6 million.
The grants, which total $4.6 million for this year, require a 25-percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” personnel, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from the cities or counties receiving the awards.
The complete list of grant recipients is at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Waste/recycling-and-local-assistance/recycling/Pages/default.aspx .