Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
State launches recycling grant program
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2007) – The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) announced today it is accepting recycling grant proposals for projects that promote an integrated infrastructure and public education. Regional recycling proposals shall be given priority.
The application deadline is Monday, April 2. Applications will be accepted from city and county governments, solid waste districts, schools and school districts and other political subdivisions of the state.
The commonwealth’s lower-than-average household recycling rate – 22 percent compared with the national rate of 26.7 percent – reflects a lack of funding for local governments’ recycling infrastructure, according to analysis in the State Solid Waste Report produced annually by DWM. The new funding source, authorized by the 2006 General Assembly, will address this issue.
The Kentucky Pride Fund, established July 15, 2002, was amended July 16, 2006, to include grant funding for recycling and household hazardous waste programs. The fund collects a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed in Kentucky’s contained landfills. In addition, the fund provides grants to eliminate illegal open dumps and further environmental education through the Kentucky Environmental Education Council.
The application and additional information is online at http://www.waste.ky.gov/ and http://www.waste.ky.gov/recycling/. Mailed or hand-delivered applications must arrive by 4:30 p.m. EST on April 2 at the DWM’s central office in Frankfort. Applicants must submit the original and one copy of the application and all supporting documents for the application to be considered complete. For more information, contact Fred Kirchhoff, DWM, 14 Reilly Rd., Building 5, Frankfort, KY 40601, (502) 564-6716, ext. 243, Fred.Kirchhoff@ky.gov.