The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Division of Waste Management recently awarded Madison County a household hazardous waste grant for $15,250 to help properly dispose of hazardous materials.

Each year in the fall, the county holds a hazardous waste disposal day event, typically on a Saturday, where residents of the county can come to bring their paints, batteries or other items that cannot be thrown away in household waste.

Hazardous materials include anything that is corrosive, toxic, flammable or reacts or explodes when mixed with other substances and can include words on the label such as poison, danger, warning and caution.

Care must be taken to dispose of hazardous products in the proper way to reduce the environmental impact and safety hazards caused by disposal, which is what the grant aims to assist with. If toxic products are disposed of down the drain, it causes water pollution and can even damage plumbing and septic sewer systems.

According to Colleen Chaney, Madison County deputy judge/executive, the grant money helps cover the cost that will include the disposal programing, the removal of the waste and its proper disposal.

“So the hazardous waste grant helps cover the cost of the public service announcement and education of what people can bring to the disposal,” she said.

The grant is one of 28 others going to household waste, along with 49 grants for recycling and six composting grants for a total of 84 grants awarded at $4.6 million to expand recycling and composting infrastructure, reduce the amount of solid waste in landfills and improve environmental management of household waste.

According to a press release from the cabinet, The Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills, is financing the grants.

The grants require a 25-percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” personnel, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from the cities or counties receiving the awards.

Chaney said that the county has formerly done “in-kind” grant matches.

For now, the county has a tentative date of Saturday, Oct. 5 for their annual disposal event at Madison County Road Department South at 208 Clarksville Lane.

Last year, Chaney said they counted around 185 cars, and have a goal this year of 200.

To find out how to properly dispose of hazardous waste, the county Solid Waste Department can be reached at 859-624-4709.

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