WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (6/5/13) - While visiting Henderson County on Wednesday May 29, 2013, Governor Steve Beshear announced grant monies that would go to benefit Henderson, Webster, Daviess and Union counties. More than $900,000 will go toward the expansion of the Tri-County Alliance Recycling Center, and an additional $500,000 will go to the Hugh Sandefur Training Center to develop a new electronic waste recycling program.
“My administration is constantly looking for methods to be more economically and energy efficient,” said 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.”
Founded in 1994, the Tri-County Recycling Alliance is comprised of the city of Henderson as well as Henderson, Webster and Union counties. This joint venture is committed to improving the environmental well-being of the surrounding communities through the use of innovative education programs and facilities, maximizing waste reduction, increasing recycling and creating economic development opportunities.
Each county currently has its own recycling center, and none of them are performing at full capacity.
The near million dollars is to construct one large, centralized recycling center that will be able to collect, process and market recyclables for all of the counties in the alliance. Additionally, the facility will have the capacity to expand to collect recyclables from other counties in the region. The project will decrease the volume of materials entering local landfills, as well as decrease the cost of operating garbage collection and incineration.
The new 3,000-square-foot recycling center is currently under construction in the city of Henderson in Henderson County.
“Instead of our trash going from the compaction center, straight to the landfill, it will go to the recycling center in Henderson,” explained Webster County Judge Executive Jim Townsend. “The trash will go onto a conveyor belt, where prisoners will pick off the recyclables.”
This will save space in the county’s landfill.
The Hugh Edward Sandefur Training Center in Henderson will benefit from the $500,000 grant. The center is a nonprofit organization that serves Henderson, Webster, Union and Daviess counties. The center provides employment, employment training, job placement and adult day training services to 130 individuals who have been diagnosed with physical, mental or emotional disabilities.
To resolve recent financial struggles, the center has worked to develop a new, sustainable business plan. The center has negotiated a partnership with ReWorx of Atlanta to reclaim and recycle electronic waste in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.
“They will be taking precious metals, such as gold and silver, found in electronics like computers, printers and even televisions, and selling them,” said Townsend.
According to Townsend, Webster County has been involved with the Sandufer Training Center for more than thirty years.
The partnership is expected to reduce the illegal dumping of electronic waste in western Kentucky landfills; retain and grow regional jobs in collection, processing and sorting of electronic waste to prepare for reclamation; and provide a long-term solution for potential, future operational deficits at the center.
“I am pleased that I could help get funding for two such worthwhile projects. ‘Trash’ -- or getting rid of trash -- has become a really big deal in our world,” said Sen. Dorsey Ridley. “The average person generates over four pounds of trash every day. More than 75 percent of trash could be recycled, but we only recycle about 30 percent of it. Electronic waste contains hazardous materials and, in the U.S. alone, an estimated 70 percent of heavy metals in landfills come from discarded electronics. These two facilities are one way we can be better stewards of our land. Any recycling helps preserve our land.”
At the same press conference Governor Beshear announced that Gibbs Die Casting is expanding operations at its world headquarters in Henderson, adding 160 jobs and investing more than $22.8 million.
“Hopefully some of these jobs will go to Webster County residents,” said Judge Townsend, noting that the facility already employs a number of local people.
J-E News Editor
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