County receives recycling grant

The Russell County Fiscal Court will receive a grant for more than $11,000 from the state to purchase recycling equipment with the goal of promoting sustainable regional recycling infrastructure in Kentucky.

On Friday, Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced nearly $4.8 million in grants to Kentucky municipalities, fiscal courts and universities for 75 projects across the Commonwealth to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste.

Russell County’s grant totaled $11,200.

These grants require a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” labor, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from those receiving the awards.

Funding for the grants comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.

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