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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Waste Management
Recycling, Composting 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, Composting and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Grants
Division of Waste Management Announces $4.6 Million in Grants
Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste, Composting programs funded
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2017) - The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management today announced that 53 Recycling grants, 28 Household Hazardous Waste grants, and five Composting grants totaling $4,619,960 have been awarded to Kentucky counties. The purpose of these grants is to expand recycling infrastructure, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, ensure proper management of household hazardous waste, and help grow and improve composting operations across the state.  
The 86 grants are funded from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.
 “Recycling is one of the best ways to protect and promote our environment,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely. “These grants will help keep our beautiful natural resources cleaner and will help promote a better environment for all Kentuckians.”
 The grants require a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” contributions. “In kind” expenditures can include items such as personnel time, educational activities or advertising.

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