Recycling Helping The Environment And Economy

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Recycling, it's something most of us know helps the environment but in one Eastern Kentucky county, it's also helping the economy.

"For every time we take in here recycling, that saves the county x amount of dollars," said Paul Richardson with the Letcher County Recycling Center.

Taking recyclables to the Letcher County Recycling Center is expected to save much more money starting next month. Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft says that's thanks to $19,000 in state grant money that will pay for two new recycling trailers in the city.

"It's kind of a tag-a-long trailer that's compartmentalized. It has places to put glass, newspapers, magazines and that kind of thing," Craft said.

Craft says the city of Whitesburg has already stepped up recycling, cutting trips to the landfill by 60 percent since January. The trailers are expected to help that much more, with easy access near the county courthouse downtown.

"It means so much to the little cities out here that really can't afford to do these kinds of things on their own," Craft said.

Mayor Craft say that's a win for both the environment and the economy.


New funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 28, 2007) - Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that 26 recycling programs across the Commonwealth are receiving $2.3 million in state grants to further their efforts to reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills.

The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet's Division of Waste Management (DWM) has awarded 26 grants, totaling $2,297,541, from the Kentucky Pride Fund. The fund, expanded by the General Assembly in 2006 to include funding for recycling, collects a $1.75 fee for every ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.

"Recycling not only benefits our environment, it also benefits our economy," said Governor Fletcher. "Recycling helps reduce litter, extends the lifespan of Kentucky landfills and creates markets for material with recycled content.

"Many communities across the state want to begin or expand recycling programs," he said. "But they often need assistance to obtain the necessary equipment. That is what these grants will do."

The recycling grant program is aimed at enhancing Kentucky's recycling infrastructure and boosting the state's household recycling rate to well above the national average of 28.5 percent. Kentucky's current rate is 27 percent.

"We should not be satisfied with a recycling rate that is merely average," said Governor Fletcher. "I am confident that Kentuckians can do much better than that."
The grants awarded today require a minimum of 25 percent local match in the form of cash or "in kind" services, materials or equipment. Grant recipients and planned expenditures are:

• Adair County Fiscal Court - forklift - $14,000.
• Lewis County Fiscal Court - recycling trailers, loader and educational materials - $51,014.
• Washington County Fiscal Court - higher capacity recycling system - $253,536.
• Mercer County Fiscal Court - recycling trailer - $6,730.
• Bluegrass Community and Technical College - baler, collection carts and educational materials - $23,280. The college has campuses in Lexington, Danville, Lawrenceburg and Winchester.
• Lincoln County Fiscal Court - recycling trailer - $2,360.
• Boyle County Fiscal Court - recycling trailer systems, loader scales and drop-off containers - $123,700.
• Morehead/Rowan County - Morehead State University Community Recycling Center - guillotine binding cutter and educational materials - $13,000.
• Barren County Solid Waste - recycling trailers - $20,591.
• Meade County Fiscal Court - recycling container system, forklift and educational materials - $93,779.
• City of Ashland (Boyd County) - recycling drop-off containers - $20,008.
• Bracken County Fiscal Court/ Bracken County and Augusta Independent school districts - recycling trailers - $28,845.
• Marion County Fiscal Court - recycling trailers and containers, educational materials - $142,700.
• Tri-County Recycling Alliance (Henderson, Union, McLean and Webster counties) - higher capacity recycling system and recycling drop-off containers - $396,100.
• Russell County Fiscal Court - forklift, recycling trailer - $25,863.
• Pennyrile Solid Waste Management Authority - loaders, roll-off containers, balers, ramps, educational materials - $277,857.
• Pulaski Solid Waste 109 Board - balers, forklift, scales, dock plate, pallet jack and educational materials - $175,566.
• Pike County Fiscal Court - balers, forklift, scales, recycling, containers and educational materials - $205,161.
• Murray/Calloway County /Murray State Recycling Collaborative - higher capacity recycling system and recycling drop-off containers - $134,587.
• City of Flemingsburg (Fleming County) - loader, recycling trailer - $37,110.
• Mason County Fiscal Court and Mason County Recycling Center - loader - $17,627.
• Logan County Fiscal Court - glass pulverizer, baler, shredder, containers and educational materials - $66,000.
• City of Campbellsville (Taylor County) - baler, scales and educational materials - $18,307.
• Knott County Fiscal Court - balers, recycling trailers, fork lift, scales and ancillary equipment - $121,340.
• City of Whitesburg (Letcher County) - recycling trailers - $19,060.
• City of Jenkins (Letcher County) - recycling trailer - $9,420.

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