FRANKFORT, Ky. - Officials in the capitol have approved the fiscal court's request for money to buy trailers that will serve as drop-off points for recyclable refuse in the county.
The fiscal court had approved the application for over $20.000 in grand funding for the project.
Local Solid Waste Coordinator H.M. Bottom said the decision was a proactive one by helping the county cut down on the amount of trash that goes to landfills.
"If we don't recycle we're going to run out of raw materials," Bottom said.
He said aside from that, and saving the money it would cost to sent what could have been recycled to the landfill, it also saves energy. It costs less to recycle plastic, paper, wood and glass than it does to make the products from raw materials.
"The new recycling containers will be mobile so they can be moved as we need to," Bottom said. "We're looking to make recycling easier for people."
He said he will be meeting with later this week or next with the company that bid on making the trailers to finalize the details.
"These are the 5-compartments units, the ones like we have at the hospital and at the middle school," Bottom said.
In all 34 recycling and household hazardous waste grants totaling $1.5 million to expand recycling in Kentucky and reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills.
"Recycling is an important component of the solid waste solution. It reduces litter, extends the lifespan of Kentucky landfills and creates markets for material with recycled content," said Governor Beshear.
"The grants for household hazardous waste will allow homeowners to safely dispose of chemicals and other materials that pose a threat to human health and the environment."
The grant must be accepted by the county before any money is dispensed. The grants require a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or "in kind" services, materials or equipment from the cities or counties receiving the awards.
The grant program was established by the 2006 General Assembly with funding from the Kentucky Pride Fund. The fund is underwritten by a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed in Kentucky's contained landfills.
Grant recipients and proposed expenditures in this area are:
Russell County - $26,600 Wayne County - $27,173.94 Pulaski County - $25,960 Adair County - $14,735
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