Cleanup and recycling

Beneficial use facility

LG&E and Charah, Inc. unveiled a new, one-of-a-kind manufacturing facility in 2013 at Mill Creek Generating Station that recovers up to 50,000 tons of gypsum annually to create the SUL4R-PLUS® product. In its unique, patent-pending pelletized form, it will help meet the increasing demand for sulfur by the regional farming industry. While synthetic gypsum has been used in agriculture applications in the past, Charah is the first to pelletize the byproduct, making sulfur application easier for the farmer.

front end loader near a pile of gypsum
Up to 50,000 tons of gypsum is recycled annually to create the SUL4R-PLUS® product, making sulfur application easier for agricultural use.

 

Electronics Recycling

We initiated an electronics recycling program in 2010 for employees to encourage the proper disposal of electronic devices and accessories. Since then, employees have collected more than 120,000 pounds of electronic materials from home and work.

Items include old computers, printers, TVs, CDs, stereos, cable boxes, electronic cords and other accessories. While these products may represent outdated technology, they’re perfectly suitable as a raw material in manufacturing today’s cutting-edge electronics.

These recycling events are held at various offices, operations centers, generating stations and other company locations each year.

old electronics being collected for recycling
Employees collect and properly recycle thousands of pounds of electronics during our annual company recycling event.

 

Paint Recycling

LG&E and KU employees collected nearly 1,200 used, unwanted paint cans at various company facilities. The paint cans were then properly recycled by a third-party environmental services organization.  This service is made possible through the company’s active employee-driven efforts, called Environmental Champions, encouraging fellow employees to save energy and reduce waste at home and work.

 

Fridge and Freezer Recycling

Several years ago, the company launched the Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program to encourage residential customers to haul away and properly recycle old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.

Recycling these appliances helped reduce energy consumption and ensured they wouldn’t be left behind in a local landfill.

The appliances were carefully disassembled so the metals, plastics, glass, foam insulation, PCBs, CFC-12 refrigerant and used oil could be properly recycled, according to the EPA Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. In one refrigerator alone, about 200 pounds of parts were recycled to be reused to produce new raw materials, such as steel, aluminum, copper and glass.

Together with our customers, we recycled more than 64,000 refrigerators and freezers which has prevented more than 10 million pounds of recycled parts from going into a landfill. We thank our customers for their participation in helping us reach our energy efficiency goals.

Check with your local government or recycling facility to see if appliance recycling is available in your area.

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