A Call to Implement a Yard Waste Disposal Program in Frankfort, Kentucky!

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We, the 7th Grade Science Class wish to improve the Yard Waste Disposal program into Frankfort, Kentucky. Other local cities near Frankfort, such as Lexington, have already implemented such programs into their local societies. We estimate that Frankfort would produce around 27,967,815 pounds of organic waste that could be disposed of in the Yard Waste Disposal program. This is based on the below figures from the Lexington program. 

The Lexington Yard Waste Disposal states that they process 36,962 tons of yard waste and material in 2017. They also processed 11,792.5 additional tons of other organic material, such as food waste and manure. About 96,000 houses participated in the curbside collection program, the total cost was 4.5$ per household, for trash, recycling, and yard waste. Lexington also applied for and received a grant to hire a consultant to research different ways to enhance their organics collection. This study is currently underway and could help influence the Frankfort Yard Waste Disposal Program as well. This information is from the Environmental Initiatives Specialist. 

This amounts to 97,509,000 pounds of organic waste diverted from landfills and currently covering Lexington as free mulch.  That reduced to 1,015 pounds per family a year and with a population of only 27,535, that would be a total of 27,967,815 pounds that we could save from Frankfort landfills per year. 

Frankfort should adopt this program because it would not only convince more people to begin composting but make it easier and more convenient also. According to the survey that we conducted, 100% of people in Lexington that have a Yard Waste trashcan use it.

Senator Hornbeck told us on Feb. 14, 2018, that the Yard Waste Disposal program saves money for the city because it keeps leaves and branches from the local sewage systems. 


Let's support the decision to adopt the Lexington Yard Waste Disposal program into our local society to benefit our environment and citizens. 


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