Kentucky Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste recycling:

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Permits: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.46-520 and 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 38:010 to 38:030

Fees: 401 KAR 39:080

Lead-acid batteries: KRS 224.50-413 and 401 KAR 36:070

Precious metal recovery: 401 KAR 36:060

Used oil: KRS 224.50-545(14)

Nonhazardous (solid) waste recycling:

School recycling: KRS 160.294

State agencies: KRS 45A.520

Secondary metals recyclers: KRS 433.900 to 433.906

Tax credits: KRS 141.390

Recycling in schools: KRS 160.294

Kentucky Recycling and Marketing Assistance (KRMA): KRS 224.10-660

Tax credits: KRS 141.390

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management

Public Protection Cabinet Office of Occupations and Professions (O&P)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kentucky's rules governing the recycling of hazardous waste are the same as the federal regulations, except that the state requires recyclers to obtain a permit and pay an annual fee.

Kentucky has adopted by reference the federal used oil management rules. These standards cover all segments of the used oil recycling system and apply to generators, transporters, marketers, processors, and burners of used oil. See the national section USED OIL MANAGEMENT for additional information. In addition, Kentucky requires persons recycling more than 5,000 gallons (gal) of used oil annually to register and maintain certain records.

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State Requirements

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