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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Waste Management
Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs

Why should I care about recycling?
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.

Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Grants
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2017) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated infrastructure and offer public education programs on recycling, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events. Click here for full press release.  Applications and supporting document links are below.

Recycling Planning Guides
Need Recycling Equipment?
Public agencies can take advantage of streamline purchasing using state agency and local government procurement. Click here for details.
Click here for a list of equipment dealers
Windsor Barrel Works - recycling receptacles for use in public places
KRS 141.390 -- Tax credit for recycling or composting equipment statute
Kentucky Tax Credit Form 41A720RC (10-08) for recycling or composting equipment