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Kentucky Division of Waste Management accepting application for illegal dump and litter abatement

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads. The Illegal Open Dump Grant has funded the cleanup of 2,171 dumpsites since 2006, and the Litter Abatement Grant. Since 2003, state and local governments have cleaned more than 2.8 million...

City of Lexington to adjust trash collection schedule for upcoming Fourth of July holiday

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. No collections will be made on Thursday, July 4. Residents and businesses that normally receive curbside pick-up on Thursdays will be serviced on Wednesday, July 3 – the day before the holiday. Remember to place carts out after 4 p.m. on Tuesday to ensure Wednesday collection. Businesses...

LFCUG hosting a Paper Shred Saturday; bring up to five boxes or bags of papers for Shred-it

Lexington will host a Paper Shred Saturday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded at no cost. No wet material will be accepted. This event allows Lexington residents to safely dispose of their sensitive materials in an environmentally-friendly way. Shred-it, a division of Stericycle, securely...

Hatton appointed commissioner of Department for Environmental Protection

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely has announced the appointment of Tony Hatton as commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection. Hatton, who was named the DEP’s deputy commissioner in 2016, replaces former commissioner Aaron Keatley, who recently accepted a job as chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Hatton’s appointment...

Division of Waste Management announces grant funding for county waste-reduction programs

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management has announced 46 recycling, five composting, and 27 household hazardous waste grants to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste, which includes electronic scrap and mercury. Grant dollars from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for...

DWM announces $4K grants available from Waste Tire Trust Fund; counties urged to apply for funds

Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund. “Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Gary Logsdon, manager of...

State Waste Management Division seeking applicants for illegal dump and litter abatement grants

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads. “These popular grant programs help Kentucky communities maintain their natural beauty and improve quality of life,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. “The Illegal Open Dump...

Yard waste no more: Lexington Waste Management Division sets mulch giveaway for Saturday

Yard waste collected by Lexington’s Division of Waste Management during the past several months is now mulch. A portion of that material will be given away to Lexington residents on Saturday, May 13 at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. The mulch will be available for pick up from 8 a.m. until noon, or while supplies last. Residents should not arrive before 8 a.m. The mulch will be available on a first-come,...

Bluegrass Greensource seeking volunteers to fourth annual Main Street Clean Sweep program

Bluegrass Greensource is calling for volunteers to keep Lexington clean and green on Friday, April 21, and Earth Day, Friday, April 22. Between April 14 and April 22, 2017, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pick ups in 20 communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are currently accepting volunteers to...

DWM accepting grant applications for recycling programs, household hazardous waste events

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated infrastructure and offer public education programs on recycling, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events. Examples of grant eligible recycling equipment include vertical and horizontal balers, sorting conveyors, forklifts, skid steer loaders,...

State Energy and Environment Cabinet cites Ashland landfill for accepting radioactive waste

Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced Tuesday that a Notice of Violation containing four violations has been issued against Green Valley Landfill General Partnership in Ashland, Ky., after an investigation found that the landfill had accepted 26 loads (368.5 tons) of low-level radioactive waste, commonly known as TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive...