TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

September 23, 2013

Whitley County gets new recycling bin

Bin currently at Cedaridge


TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

 Recycling in Whitley County has gotten much easier thanks to the addition of a “portable” recycling bin.

According to Whitley County Projects Director Amber Owens, the county applied for a Kentucky Recycling Grant requesting two of the bins — and was able to snag one of them.

“If we get a lot of use out of this one, then we’ll ask again next year for another one,” she said.

The $9,500 in litter abatement grant monies has a 75/25 match requirement Owens said — that means the county must provide the other 25 percent of the cost.

However, Owens said the new bin won’t cost the county a dime.

“(That) match can be paid in other ways,” Owens explained. “It can include the salaries of road crew personnel, as well as the pay to inmates for (litter removal) work — the county is not out anything for this.”

Whitley County Judge/Magistrate Pat White, Jr. said that a cooperative effort between the city of Williamsburg and Cedaridge Ministries and the county will handle the incoming recyclables.

“It will stay at Cedaridge except for Dumpster Days,” White said. “This is really good for the county — it’s pretty exciting.”

Owens said the new recycling container, which is becoming a statewide trend, can hold cardboard, newspaper, plastic and cans — all in separated areas of the tag-a-long recycling bin.