The Kentucky Division of Waste Management is handing out more than $3 million in grants to local communities.
These allocations aim to expand recycling, reduce waste presence in landfills and improve how hazardous refuse is handled.
Marshall County received just over $10,000. County Recycling Manager John Miller says the grant will greatly improve the area's recycling efficiency.
“In the past we've used vertical balers -which do a good job- but we put in a grant for a horizontal baler which will make larger bales, which will in the long run be a lot better for us to make money for the county," Miller said.
The grants come from the Kentucky Pride Fund, generated by a small fee charged for municipal waste dumped in state landfills.
Each award requires a 25 percent local match; Miller says his county is doing their part by way of employee and inmate work.
Other grant recipients in our listening area include Hopkins County, Murray and Paducah.