The Marshall County Refuse District received two grants from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management last week totaling $87,500.
The first grant – the 2014-15 Kentucky Pride Fund Recylcing Grant, worth $77,300, will help the Marshall County Recyling Center expand their recycling services by purchasing a multi-material bailer and conveyor belt.
John Miller, Marshall County Recycling Director, said the bailer would help sort recyclables as well as allow employees to bail materials easier and more cost efficiently.
“Last year we purchased a ramp that allowed us to move the new bailed materials easier,” he said. “This bailer is time effective, we plan to replace our old vertical outdated machine with the horizontal one.”
Miller said the horizontal bailer will save approximately 90 minutes per bail.
“Our current machine must be stopped and moved whereas the new one will be more productive,” he said. “Currently we only bail plastic, but the new machine will allow us to bail cardboard and metal as well.”
The Marshall County Recycling Center service area serves the entire county as well as the incorporated areas of Benton, Calvert City and Hardin.
The Marshall County Refuse District intends to purchase the new bailer in July and to have it at the recycling center in September.
Miller said with any luck they would have the bailer operational by October.
Wendy Baxter, Marshall County Project Administrator, said prior to this point Marshall County has been unable to bail metals or accept them at the recyling center.
“We are excited that a new machine will give us the opportunity to add more recyclables to our program,” she said.
Baxter said the recycling center should see immediate success with this project.
“By having a new bailer for our products, we will be able to have more products available to be sold and recycled by our citizens,” she said. “ The new machine will allow us to use less manpower and we will be able to put them on other jobs throughout our community.”
Marshall County was also awarded a household hazardous waste grant in the amount of $10,200. This grant will assist the Refuse Department’s countywide cleanup days.
Troy English, Superintendent of the Refuse Department, said he was waiting to hear back from the state on when the cleanup days would be, but expects they will be in late September.