The Office of Solid Waste Management’s purpose is to provide Grant County residents information on solid waste concerns.  We also build a commitment to the environment into everything we do.  We are committed to preservation and conservation through education, innovation, teamwork and community involvement and we promote and practice sound solid waste management for protection of the environment and of public health.  The Solid Waste Coordinator implements the Grant County Solid Waste Management Plan.

Some of what the Solid Waste Coordinator does includes:

Diversion of wastes from the landfill to other, environmentally sound technologies (such as composting, waste reduction, waste prevention, recycling etc.).
Enforcement of Solid Waste Management Ordinances and Statutes (such as illegal dumping, mandatory garbage, litter etc.)
Establishment and promotion of recycling programs & procurement policies of recycled content materials
Coordinate special projects such as; Spring and Fall Cleanup days, Tire Disposal, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events, etc.
Coordinate and maintain ongoing programs like Monthly Free Bulky Item Pickup, Youth Litter Cleanup, RiverSweep
Permitting of Solid Waste Management Facilities and Haulers

The Solid Waste Management 109 Board is the governing body and oversees all solid waste management in Grant County.  The Board meets the third Saturday of every month at 7:30 a.m. in the Solid Waste office.  Members of the 109 Board are:

David Schmitt Esq, Chair

Dr. Amy Roe             Kim Martin

Scot Lahner              Dr. Fred Scheffler

Debby Lucas Angel

DUTIES OF THE SOLID WASTE COORDINATOR

COORDINATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE 109 BOARD.

  • Maintain documentation of completed plan implementation tasks.
  • Work with 109 Board and/or advisory committee.
  • Keep implementation activity in compliance with the plan.
  • Coordinate plan amendment actions.

IMPLEMENT COUNTY OPEN DUMPS CONTROL PROGRAM.

  • Identify and Schedule the cleanup of open dumps.
  • Assess the site for types of waste dumped and develop cost estimates, manpower and equipment needs.
  • Communicate this information to the governing body, state and county road departments, and the local disposal facilities on a continuing basis.
  • Seek assistance of other agencies and organizations.Obtain needed authorization as required.Supervise organized clean-up events.
  • Provide information to the county attorney and district judges during the prosecution of cases involving illegal dumping and littering.
  • Annually evaluate with the governing body the county’s open dump clean-up program.

ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES.

  • Establish enforcement procedures and maintain documentation.
  • Monitor solid waste facilities in the county to ensure that they are in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Ensure that solid waste facilities in the county are properly permitted in accordance with federal and state laws and local ordinances.
  • Work with the county’s health inspector and the planning and zoning administrator to ensure property owners/businesses are in compliance with waste disposal ordinances.

ESTABLISH WASTE REDUCTION PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTY.

  • Develop public awareness/need for participation in waste reduction, recycling, and reuse.
  • Arrange for the provisions of recycling services.

BUDGET.

  • Provide governing bodies with itemized budget needed to carry out the solid waste program adequately.
  • Complete applications for the waste management district’s participation in the state’s solid waste loan/grant programs and seek out other funding.

REPORT TO THE 109 BOARD.

  • A monthly summary of activities and expenditures should be presented at each regular monthly meeting of the governing bodies.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.

  • Be cooperative.
  • Demonstrate self-control.
  • Be able to give and receive constructive criticism.
  • To deal only with those individuals involved in issues of controversy and disagreement.
  • To be flexible and reasonable with an appropriate sense of humor.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES.

  • Report to work regularly and complete all tasks.
  • Keep current on trends in waste management and recycling opportunities through professional development activities and literature.
  • Correctly and professionally complete all paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Select the proper channels to resolve conflict.
  • Attend and promote activities relevant to solid waste management or educating the public on environmental awareness.
  • To oversee a collaboration of county resources so that all agencies work together to conserve resources and implement environmental programs countywide.
  • Follow through on all 109 Board Directives.
  • Obtain and maintain Kentucky Landfill Manager Certification.
  • Obtain and maintain a SWANA National Landfill Inspector Certification.
  • Maintain membership and attend Swack trainings, meetings and events.
  • Assist, consult and provide guidance to any county requesting such help