The spring events hosted by Lexington’s Division of Waste Management were a huge success. More than 2,400 vehicles came out for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, the Paper Shred and the Mulch Giveaway. All events were free to the community.
“The Hazardous Waste Collection is one of the most popular services we provide to residents; it not only provides the opportunity to remove hazardous materials from where they pile up in basements and garages, but also allows for proper disposal of materials that pose an environmental threat to our land and water if improperly disposed,” said Tracey Thurman, Director of the Division of Waste Management.
Nearly 1,400 vehicles dropped off materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on April 23. Over 150,000 pounds of hazardous materials were diverted from the regular waste stream and properly disposed. An additional 7,200 pounds of electronics were collected on site for recycling. Habitat for Humanity ReStore volunteered their time at the event, diverting 26,000 pounds of latex paint to their paint recycling program.
The event was funded in part by the Kentucky Pride Fund through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management. Lexington’s Divisions of Waste Management, Streets & Roads, Water Quality, Environmental Services and LexCall 311 all contributed to making the event possible, as did Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Parks and Recreation. Event sponsors included Lucky’s Market, G & J Pepsi, Joe Graviss and Graviss McDonald’s and Texas Roadhouse.
Over 780 vehicles, representing 878 households, brought 46,400 pounds of paper to Paper Shred on May 14. The paper was shredded on site, and is later recycled into low-grade paper products. A total of 592 pounds of food donations were also collected from event participants for God’s Pantry Food Bank. This event was made possible through the continued partnership between Shred-it and city and community organizations including the Better Business Bureau, Lexington’s Divisions of Waste Management and Environmental Services and the Environmental Commission. The Thoroughbred Center and Papa John’s sponsored lunch for event workers.
In addition to the collection events, a Mulch Giveaway was held on May 21. One hundred sixty tons of mulch, made from yard waste collected by city workers, was distributed to 275 vehicles. The mulch program diverts material from the landfill while beautifying yards and providing extra nutrients to city landscapes.