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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.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (12/20/18) — The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated recycling infrastructure, including public education programs, and for composting projects and household hazardous waste collection events.
“These grants have been very successful in helping counties deal with their household hazardous waste, get some composting operations up and running, and most importantly developing recycling infrastructure across the state,” said Charles Snavely, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. “Moving forward we really need to emphasize regional cooperation in Kentucky’s recycling programs, in order to capture efficiencies of scale.”
Grant funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund and is underwritten by a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills. Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants for regional projects.
Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 5 or hand-delivered to Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch by 4 p.m. on Monday, April . The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete. Each grant requires a 25 percent local match.
For more information, contact Grant White at (502) 782-6474 or by e-mail at: 
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 com​posting equipment statute
Kentucky Tax Credit Form 41A720RC (10-08) for recycling or composting equipment