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Center for Study of the Presidency and Congress creates Nathaniel R. Morris Fellowship at UK

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress has announced the creation of the Nathaniel R. Morris Fellowship at the University of Kentucky, in recognition of Nate Morris through the generous gift of the Morris Foundation. This gift brings the CSPC Presidential Fellows Program to the University of Kentucky for the first time. This fellowship will expand the Fellows Program to include a...

Paper recycling service may return to Central Ky. communities as City of Lexington issues RFP

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Efforts to re-establish paper recycling in a dozen Central Kentucky counties has taken a step forward with the announcement last week that the City of Lexington has posted a request for proposals, or RFP, to businesses that may want to provide the service. Changes in the global marketplace for recycled materials forced the Lexington Recycle Center to temporarily suspend...

Jackson Energy Cooperative $2 million zero-interest rural development loan to help recycling co. expand

Southeastern Environmental Solutions is turning recycled material into revenue. A Rural Development Loan through Jackson Energy Cooperative will help the Laurel County-based company grow while decreasing waste products in landfills. The $2 million no-interest loan is offered through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office and the loans are administered by local electric...

School-wide waste audit leads Millcreek Elementary students to take lead in school’s recycling program

This past August, after conducting a school-wide waste audit, Millcreek Elementary students realized they had an issue with contamination in their recycling. Items that are not recyclable in Lexington kept finding their way into each classroom’s blue recycling bins. Students look for contaminates as they empty recycling bins.(Photo provided) “Though their contamination rate was relatively low,...

Fish and Wildlife Resources: Don’t toss Christmas tree after the holidays — recylce it for fish habitats

Help create habitat for fish while disposing of your old cut Christmas tree this season through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Christmas for the Fishes program. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will accept natural Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15 at 39 drop-off locations in 34 counties. Trees must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations. To...

KY Division of Waste Management offering grants for recycling, composting, hazardous waste programs

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated recycling infrastructure, including public education programs, and for composting projects and household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.   “These grants have been very successful in helping counties deal with their household hazardous waste, get some...

UK collects over 15,000 of food, household items for donations during annual move out

The University of Kentucky is donating more than 15,000 pounds of donations, nonperishable food and household items, as well as bicycles, to the Lexington Women’s Hope Center. The items were collected through Give-and-Go Donation Stations placed in 18 residence halls and 19 fraternity and sorority houses by UK Campus Housing and UK Recycling during move out following the completion of the spring...

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,...

Greensource: Why are some things recyclable and others are not? It’s all about economics

  By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Many people recycle, but I often wonder how much we understand about WHY we recycle.   Recycling is about more than just keeping things out of the landfill, although that is a big part of the reason why. What I find most interesting is not the WHY to recycle, but WHY certain things are recyclable and others are not. The answer is invariably economics.   In...

Greensource: The Three R’s come in handy when decluttering your home and your life

By Maxine Rudder KyForward columnist   In the past 10 years I have lived in three apartments and two houses. With each move more unused items were packed away and place in a storage building until that elusive “someday when I have time” comes along. To further add to this mountain of boxes, I retired from the public school system in the spring of 2004 and resigned from the Kentucky Career...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Move toward zero waste means changing the way we look at waste

By Elizabeth Mortenson KyForward columnist   Lately, there’s been a lot of discussion about the possibility of making Lexington a zero-waste city. But what does that mean? Are we talking about never throwing anything away? Recycling every ounce of material that we use?   Actually, it means neither.   Food waste makes up about 30 percent of Lexington’s waste stream. Composting...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Reducing ‘waste-line’ in 2013, putting an end to throwing out food

Patti Stivender KyForward columnist   It’s that time of year again when everyone is full of good intentions and new resolutions. At the top of my list for this year, in addition to the reduction of my waistline, is the reduction of my waste stream. My family does a great job of recycling and composting, but we often fall short when it comes to using fresh food before it spoils.   I try...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Politics, religion considered taboo dinner topics, but what about recycling?

By Amy Sohner KyForward contributor   I have been told throughout my life not to discuss religion or politics in mixed company, and have generally been able to avoid any knock down, drag out fights over presidential elections or who is really going to heaven. For the first time, however, recycling was brought up as a taboo dinner table subject at a meeting I recently attended. According to the...