dumpFRANKFORT, Ky. (7/31/19) - The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads.

The Illegal Open Dump Grant has funded the cleanup of 2,171 dump sites since 2006, and the Litter Abatement Grant. Since 2003, state and local governments have cleaned more than 2.8 million miles of roadways with help from these grants.

“These two grant programs have proven to be very popular, providing resources for cities and counties across the state to clean up unsightly roadside litter and illegal open dumps,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. “Both have been invaluable in maintaining the natural beauty of Kentucky’s landscape.”

Cleanup of Illegal Dumps

Counties that are in compliance with their five-year solid waste management plans can now apply for funds to clean up illegal open dumps.

Grant funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund which is underwritten by a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills. In the event that sufficient funds are not available to award every request, grant awards may be prioritized on several factors, including: location of the dump relative to sensitive receptors or protected areas, the relative hazard posed by the contents of the dumps and the size of the dump.

Applications must be received by Lisa Evans at the Division of Waste Management no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. The complete, signed original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the application to be complete.

Each grant requires a 25 percent local match. Grant application packets are being sent by email to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information, contact Lisa Evans by calling 502-782-6355 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Litter Abatement

Grant requests for litter cleanup will be accepted from counties in compliance with their five-year solid waste management plans and from incorporated cities which, by solid waste ordinance or other means, provide municipal solid waste collection service.

The Litter Abatement Grant Program is supported by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Road Fund and Highway Construction Contingency Fund.

Grant requests must be received by Lisa Evans at the Division of Waste Management no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. The signed original agreement and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the request to be complete.

Grant request packets are being sent by email to county judge-executives, mayors and solid waste coordinators.

For more information, contact Lisa Evans at 502-782-6355 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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