Department of Parks
Barren River Lake State Resort Park Starts Recycling Program
LUCAS, Ky. – The next time you visit Barren River Lake State Resort Park, be on the look out for a recycling bin. And if you have something that can be recycled, please use it!
The park near Glasgow recently began a recycling program in cooperation with the Barren County solid waste program, city of Glasgow and Central Kentucky PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment Program). A recycling container was placed at the park and the staff has identified items that can be recycled.
Paper, plastic, aluminum, steel cans and cardboard will now be sent to the recycling bin instead of the dumpster.
“Not only will these efforts help us become more environmentally conscious and keep trash out of the landfill, it should help with our expense on dumpster pickups since there will be less trash in the dumpster and will not have to be picked up as often,” said Park Manager Monica Conrad.
A “dumpster dive” was recently conducted by the county solid waste program in which five bags of trash were pulled from a park dumpster. After the contents were sorted, officials determined that 82 percent of the contents could be recycled.
The Glasgow landfill has agreed to make weekly pickups of the recycling bin. More recycling bins will be at the park for special events such as the Glasgow Highland Games in May and the 4th of July celebration.
Special bags are also provided in lodge rooms and cabins so guests can help with the recycling effort at the park.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park near Glasgow has a lodge, cottages, Driftwood Restaurant, golf course, fitness center, gift shop, fishing, picnic areas and hiking trails. The resort is located 44 miles southeast of Bowling Green. Take I-65 to the Cumberland Parkway east, to US 31E south.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov