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Scott County company wants to lessen landfill trash by recycling

A Scott County company wants to decrease garbage to be taken to the Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown and is hoping to do that through other recycling facilities.
A Scott County company wants to decrease garbage to be taken to the Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown and is hoping to do that through other recycling facilities. palcala@herald-leader.com

A Scott County company wants to decrease garbage in the Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown by sifting through household trash for recyclable materials.

J. Bishop Enterprises in Georgetown has applied to the state Division of Waste Management for a transfer station, recycling center and a convenience center facility. The business will receive solid waste and recycling material, according to the public hearing notice for the facility. After the material is sorted, non-recyclable materials will be taken to a permitted disposal facility and recyclable material will be taken to a recycling center.

The facility, which has yet to be built, will be located at 245 West Yusen Way, north of Georgetown.

John Bishop, president J. Bishop Enterprises, said the facility will primarily be used to lessen the amount of garbage taken to the Central Kentucky Landfill, which gets trash from several Kentucky counties including Fayette and Scott. Bishop said the facility will be similar to a facilitator for recycling and won’t process the recyclable material itself.

For example, if Bishop’s facility receives yard waste, it will transport it to a facility that can turn it into mulch.

“I’m not trying to bill this as a recycling facility,” Bishop said. “We’re trying to cut back on the amount of waste going into the landfill.”

Garbage and waste has been a stinky controversy in Scott County for the past several months. Waste Services of the Bluegrass is seeking to expand the Central Kentucky Landfill, which many Scott County residents oppose. Odor, increased traffic and decreased property values were some of the reasons for the opposition.

The Scott County Board of Adjustment has contended that the land for the expansion must be rezoned first and the matter is now under appeal in Scott Circuit Court.

Bishop owns Innovative Trash Services which offers residential trash collection. J. Bishop Enterprises serves as the parent company as that business.

The facility will be open to both public and private entities, Bishop said.

The public hearing will be 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Scott County High School. For those who can’t attend, written comment can be sent to Danny Anderson, solid waste branch manager, at 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Ky., 40601. Written comments must be submitted by Aug. 17.

If You Go

What: Public hearing for transfer station, recycling center and a convenience center facility.

When: Aug. 8

Where: Scott County High School, 1080 Cardinal Dr, Georgetown, KY 40324

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