Kentucky Issues Recycling Grants

State awards $1.4 million in grant money to two recycling operations.

June 5, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Electronics Municipal / IC&I

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced more than $1.4 million in grant funding awarded to two recycling projects in Henderson County, Ky. According to a news release from the governor’s office, more than $900,000 will be spent on the expansion of the Tri-County Alliance Recycling Center and $500,000 will go to the Hugh Sandefur Training Center to develop an electronic scrap recycling program.

“My administration is constantly looking for methods to be more economically and energy efficient,” says Gov. Beshear. “Both of these projects enhance efficiency by decreasing environmental waste and increasing job opportunities. I applaud the local, state and federal partners who have helped fund these new recycling projects in Henderson County.”

Funding for the Tri-County Alliance Recycling Center, founded in 1994, includes $800,000 in Multi-County Coal Severance funds; $100,000 in Delta Regional Authority funds; and $33,485 in recycling grant dollars through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management Kentucky Pride funds.

The funding will be used to construct a centralized recycling center that will be able to collect, process and market recyclables for all of three counties that make up the Tri-County Alliance. Additionally, the facility will have the capacity to expand to collect recyclables from other counties.

The new 3,000-square-foot recycling center is currently under construction in Henderson

The Hugh Edward Sandefur Training Center is a nonprofit organization servicing three Kentucky counties. To resolve its recent financial struggles, the center has negotiated a partnership with Atlanta-based ReWorx to reclaim and recycle electronic scrap in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.

The partnership is designed to accomplish the following:

  • reduce the illegal disposal of electronic scrap in western Kentucky landfills;
  • retain and grow regional jobs in collection, processing and sorting of electronic scrap to prepare it for reclamation; and
  • provide a long-term solution for potential, future operational deficits at the center.

A total of $500,000 in Multi-County Coal Severance funding will go to support the expansion and implementation of the center’s new recycling and reclamation business line.