Trash for Cash

Earn Green, Keep Kenton County Clean

The Kenton County Trash for Cash Program

Utilizing the Kentucky Division of Waste Management, Litter Abatement Grant Money, the Kenton County Solid Waste Division will pay approved 501(c)3 organizations $100 per mile to pick up trash off of approved roadways within Kenton County. This program runs from April 1st through September 30th each year.

Applications Accepted the First Week of March Each Year

Interested groups must be a federally-recognized 501(c) 3, non-profit organization, to apply. If you are not a 501(c) 3, you can apply online.

Funds are limited each year and the program is first come, first serve. Applicants must have all proper paperwork completed and approved before beginning the program each year by Kenton County Solid Waste Management.

Application Process

To apply to participate in the program, please complete the online form. The form includes several components, including:

  • Application Instructions
  • Organization Information
  • Cleanup Preference
  • Litter Agreement

All organizations must also submit their most recent W-9 tax form via mail or fax to the Kenton County Solid Waste Coordinator, Melissa Grandstaff.

Your organization will be notified when your application and paperwork has been received and reviewed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Documents & Forms for Approved Groups


"The Northern KY Young Marines recently picked up trash along 10 miles of roadway in Independence, KY. The weather was perfect, but the amount of trash scattered along our route was quite depressing. The majority of the refuse was cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, and alcoholic beverage containers. A 12-year-old Young Marine commented that she didn't understand why people littered, which started a great conversation amongst the Young Marines. Questions like 'Don't people realize that trash cans are everywhere?!', 'Are people really THAT lazy or are they just inconsiderate?', and 'Do people know that others have to pick this up?' were asked ... but the adults didn't have answers for them." -Northern Kentucky Young Marines