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Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) named the Pulaski County Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, Gerald Hines a "Hal Rogers Difference Maker." During an event to unveil southern and eastern Kentucky's first-ever curbside recycling program in Pulaski County, Rogers commended Hines for his leadership.
“There are few people who go above and beyond to make a difference in the way we live, and Gerald Hines is one of those great leaders in our region,” said Rogers. "Recycling in Pulaski County is now as easy as sending your trash to the landfill, but it's more cost effective and safer for the environment. It's Gerald's vision and leadership that brought this service to our rural region."

Rogers presented Hines with a "Hal Rogers Difference Maker" Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership and dedication to recycling and environmental education in southern Kentucky, including his steadfast partnership with the PRIDE organization.

Since the Pulaski County Recycling Center opened in 2007, nearly 18 million pounds of material have been recycled. 25 schools and headstart programs in Pulaski County currently recycle, as well as numerous governmental offices, including Congressman Rogers' Somerset District Office. Now, 12,000 Pulaski County residential customers will receive curbside recycling bins.

"Curbside recycling is part of the bigger picture that PRIDE initialized 15 years ago, encouraging people across southern and eastern Kentucky to do their part to clean up the environment," added Rogers. "Our youth are leading the way in our schools with 55 student-designed recycling projects. Their eagerness to participate in PRIDE activities have helped spark interest in volunteers of all ages."

To date, more than 1.3 million volunteers have joined PRIDE in cleaning up southern and eastern Kentucky.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook!/CongressmanHalRogers.