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Kentucky Division of Waste Management calls for grant applications; deadline is April 9

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated infrastructure, offer public education programs on recycling and composting, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.

Why should we care about recycling?

Recycling in the U.S. is a $236-billion-a-year industry. Companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.

The average American discards seven and one-half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where it’s compacted and buried. Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills. Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials (for example, manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95 percent less energy). Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping the economy.

Funding for these Division of Waste Management grants comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund and is underwritten by a $1.75 per-ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills. Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants who propose regional projects.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 6, 2018, or hand-delivered to Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018.

The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete. Each grant requires a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” contributions. In kind expenditures can include items such as personnel time, educational activities or advertising.

For more information, please contact J.R. Holt by phone at 502-782-6385 or by e-mail at  Frederick.Holt@ky.gov.  Information is also available at the Division of Waste Management website.

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