A fundraising effort has begun to make the Hardin County recycling location on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown handicap accessible.

Hardin County Solid Waste Director Step­hanie Givens said the idea to make the location Americans with Disabilities Act compliant previously was discussed and they have since been working to put a plan in motion.

“We don’t have any drop-off point that is handicap accessible for our recyclers,” she said, noting since she has been director, she continually has received numerous phone calls on the issue.

To make it more accessible, Givens said the safest way is not to have a ramp, but to have a dock installed on the property to allow people to be able to walk straight into the trailer. She said it is “not 100 percent just for handicap accessibility.”

“It’s not just people that are wheelchair bound or maybe have a walker or a cane. We have elderly people who don’t use anything like that and it is still hard for them to get up the steps with their stuff in their hands or they’ve collected so much they can’t carry it up at all and they’re sitting it at the bottom of the steps,” she said.

Givens said the project is estimated to cost around $80,000. She said they are reaching out to businesses, factories, government entities and others in the community to find people who would like to contribute to paying for the handicap dock.

Givens said Dow Corn­ing has committed $43,000 to the project. Nolin RECC and Altec are each donating $1,000. They still are roughly $36,500 from their goal.

For information about the project or to donate, contact Givens at 270-360-9207. Those interested in donating need to confirm with Givens by July 16.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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