Bipartisan recycling bill becomes law in Kentucky
with no dissention
Frankfort, KY— Governor
Ernie Fletcher’s legislation to promote and facilitate recycling
by local governments has become law.
The Governor signed Senate Bill
50 in March, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly
without a dissenting vote.
SB 50, sponsored by Senate Majority
Leader Dan Kelly, would create grants for recycling and for collection
of household hazardous waste. The money would come from a portion
of the funding currently directed at cleaning up illegal dumps
under the Kentucky Pride program.
“Now that we have reduced
illegal dumps in Kentucky, it is important to also provide communities
a responsible way to dispose of hazardous household waste and
recyclable materials instead of putting them in landfills or illegal
dumps,” Senator Dan Kelly said. “Recycling helps local
governments – and taxpayers – save money.”
The dump cleanup program was
established under House Bill 174 of the 2002 General Assembly.
It has been funded with proceeds of a $25 million bond issue and
a fee of $1.75 per ton of waste disposed of at Kentucky landfills.
Under SB 50, counties that have been successful in cleaning up
illegal dumps would be eligible to use funding for recycling and
collection of household hazardous waste.
Recycling also helps turn trash
into cash. EPPC’s Division of Waste Management estimates
that 566,000 tons of materials with recycle value are disposed
of in Kentucky in a year. The cost of disposal, coupled with the
materials’ lost sales value, totals about $53 million a