Grant will allow London Recycling Center to upgrade equipment

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - One southeastern Kentucky recycling center will benefit from a grant worth nearly half a million dollars.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet's Division of Waste Management announced the London Regional Recycling Center in Laurel County will receive a little more than $457,000 as part of a Pride grant.

Officials at the center told WKYT they'll use the money to buy equipment to help sort items faster and more effectively.

"Needless to say, we're excited about getting this," London Public Works Director Steve Edge said Monday. "This gets us to the first stage of what I think will be a five-year plan to automate the entire sorting system in our recycling center."

Edge said he wants to keep the same labor force at the center.

They receive help from some local work release inmates.

In total, the state awarded about $4.5 million in grants through the Pride Fund this time around.

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