Tri-County Recycling expansion named Spirit of KY award winner | Environment
Governor Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder today presented the 2013 Spirit of Kentucky Awards to the Tri-County Recycling Alliance expansion at the 38th Annual Governor's Local Issues Conference, held in Louisville.
The Tri-County Recycling Alliance (TRCA) is a regional partnership between Henderson, Union and Webster counties, as well as the city of Henderson. The group utilized $1.4 million in federal, state and local funds for a project to construct a state-of-the art processing center for their region.
Completed in 2013, the new 18,000 square foot recycling facility can sort and package more than one million tons of recycled materials per year. With the addition of the new plant, partner governments will now drastically reduce unnecessary landfill usage, resulting in taxpayer savings. The plant will also have the capacity to earn money by selling packaged recycled goods on the open market. Thanks to the new plant, the TCRA marketed collectible recycling has increased by 300 percent over the past year.
Serving a population of more than 74,000, the project has received vast community support from residents, businesses, public agencies and school systems. The center has helped create a sense of civic pride and renewed dedication to the issue of recycling. Dozens of local companies and schools host portable drop-off points, making recycling convenient and easy. And, TCRA utilizes AmeriCorps program volunteers to promote public awareness and education.
The complete list of partners involved in the project include Henderson County, Union County, Webster County, the cities of Henderson, Morganfield, Corydon, Robards, Sturgis, Uniontown, Waverly, Providence, Sebree, Clay, Dixon, Slaughters and Wheatcroft.
Combined funding sources for the project included a $800,000 Multi-County Coal Severance grant, $265,000 from Henderson County, $200,000 from the city of Henderson, a $100,00 Delta Regional Authority grant and a $33,485 Division of Waste Management KY Pride Grant.