Pulaski County Kentucky Government

County Recycling Center Continues Steady Growth

County recycling continues steady growth

  • By JANIE SLAVEN Commonwealth Journal                               Feb 1, 2017

 

  • Janie Slaven

Most of what is recycled locally is cardboard — accounting for 4.8 million of the 6.8 million pounds taken in at the center last year.

Since 2010, nearly 40 million pounds of what would have  been garbage has been successfully repurposed with the help of the Pulaski County Recycling Center.

“That’s how much waste we’ve diverted from the landfills since the recycling center opened,” Solid Waste Coordinator Danny Masten reported earlier this month to Pulaski County Fiscal Court.

The figure was part of Masten’s annual report, which included that the center had taken in 6,872,073 pounds of material in 2016 — an increase of 88,248 pounds over the previous calendar year and nearly double the 3.7 million pounds collected that first year of operation.

The vast majority of the 2016 total — just over 4.8 million pounds — was cardboard. That shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that some 500 businesses participate in the recycling program. Newsprint ran a far distant second at 767,000 pounds and was followed by paper products, metals, and plastics.

Masten noted that 12,221 households currently get curbside service provided through the City of Somerset or Waste Connections. With an estimated 26,000 households in Pulaski County, that doesn’t quite represent half but Masten did note that many residents bring their recyclables directly in to the center or take them to community bins.

“We’re helping them and they’re helping us keep the county as clean as we can,” Masten said. “It’s a good partnership that continues to grow every year.”

Additionally in the annual report, the Solid Waste Department cleaned a total of 2,478.4 road miles — collecting 12,720 bags and cleaning up 25 illegal dumps.

Last spring the county’s Waste Tire Collection took in 33,082 — down 39 percent from the 54,423 tires collected in 2013.

“That’s what you want to see…a progressive decline,” Masten said.

Out of 18 counties participating in the Lincoln Trail and Lake Cumberland area development districts, only five reported increases.

Following the recent presentation, Judge-Executive Steve Kelley praised the department’s efforts to promote recycling.

“I think we’re the leader in our region, for sure, and probably statewide,” Kelley said.

For more information about the Pulaski County Recycling Center, visit them on Facebook, at pcgovt.com/solid-waste-and-recycling/, or call 677-0320.

 

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