Kentucky Agency Handing Out Recycling Grants

Jun 19, 2014

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.