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Governor Announces Help for Environmental Efforts

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Governor Announces Help for Environmental Efforts

$1.5 million in grants to go to recycling, composting and waste recovery

A healthy Kansas is a clean Kansas where waste is recycled whenever possible. To further that effort, Governor Kathleen Sebelius today announced $1.5 million in grants for recycling, composting and waste tire energy recovery initiatives around Kansas.

"Recycling and composting provide business opportunities using items that would otherwise go into a landfill. That way we can conserve resources, while also helping Kansas communities cut down on landfill use," Governor Sebelius said.

The grants, ranging from $3,900 to $372,000, include projects for enhancing local recycling efforts, for composting efforts, and for processing waste tires and wood products. All the funded projects will help remove material from the waste stream to conserve landfill space and reduce the need for new solid waste facilities.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will distribute the grants to 21 applicants, including regional solid waste management authorities representing 14 separate counties. Business and regional programs are also represented. An advisory committee appointed by the Governor made the selections.

KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby added, "The competitive solid waste grant program is a positive example of how the state can partner with businesses and local governments to improve solid waste management."

More than $15 million has been distributed in grants since the program began in 1996. A list of the grants awarded may be found below and at http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/sw_grants/round14.html .

Recycling/Composting Grants:

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http://www.ksgovernor.org/news/docs/news_rel110305a.html

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