The Harlan County Conservation District, the Harlan County Fiscal Court and the city of Evarts are sponsoring the countywide white goods/appliance buyback project.
Lakis Mavinidis, Harlan County solid waste administrator, wants every worn-out appliance he can get his hands on. Every old, broken appliance will be exchanged for a voucher for $5.
The program has been so successful in the past, the county is conducting it for the third time.
“It has worked very well,” Mavinidis said.
The project's focus is to encourage people to remove appliances and other metals from the creek banks, river banks, roadsides and personal property, according to Mavinidis.
The ultimate goal is to produce a cleaner, safer environment for all of Harlan County.
A total of approximately 1,500 appliances has been purchased in the two times the project was implemented.
Susie Mavinidis, Harlan County Conservation District administrator, said the project was funded by an environmental grant from the Kentucky Division of Conservation.
David Howard, treasurer of the soil conservation district's board of supervisors, said his office will be assisting with the advertising, vouchers and manpower to conduct the project.
An appeal is being made for refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, freezers, dishwashers and water heaters. Auto parts will be averaged to equal appliance weights.
The following items will not be accepted: microwave ovens, auto gas tanks and any other hazardous materials.
Those wishing to take advantage of the program should take their unwanted items to one of two locations on Oct. 13 and 14 - the Harlan County Recycling Center in Baxter, located behind Dairy Queen, and the Evarts Municipal Lot (sewer plant), located behind the RV park, will accept the items between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Vouchers will be issued which can be taken to Don's SuperSaver in Harlan or Dairy Hut in Evarts. The coupons can be redeemed for cash at either of those two locations.
Howard said the vouchers are issued in an attempt to keep the workers safer. The last two times the project was conducted, the cash was located at the drop-off sites, and there was concern that someone could be harmed.
Mavinidis said they will also go out in the county to pick up items in locations where they are unable to be removed by the general public. However, there will not be any voucher issued when the crew has to be sent out to retrieve those items.
For more information, call the Harlan County Recycling Center at 573-9423, the city of Evarts at 837-2477 or the Harlan County Conservation District at 573-2838.