Brightside Newsroom

Mayor Calls on Volunteers for Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup

Tuesday October 2, 2007

Mayor Jerry Abramson today called for volunteers to participate in the fall Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup. The cleanup is Saturday, Oct. 27.

“For the past 20 years, Brightside, along with the help of neighborhood leaders, churches, businesses and civic groups, has worked to foster civic pride and keep our community clean, green and beautiful,” Abramson said. “By organizing a group for the cleanup, you will continue in a rich tradition that makes Louisville a great hometown.”

To participate, groups and individuals need only to notify Brightside about the area they wish to clean, by calling MetroCall 311 (or 574-5000) or visiting www.brightsideinc.org. Individuals can also call and be placed with an established group.

Brightside will provide free t-shirts, bags and gloves to volunteer groups. The Louisville Metro Division of Solid Waste Management will pick up filled trash bags at the end of the day.

The spring Community-Wide Cleanup had 3100 volunteers who picked up more than 21 tons of trash. So far, more than 2600 volunteers have signed up for the fall cleanup, making it the biggest fall cleanup in city history. More volunteers are being added every day.

To kick off the Fall Community-Wide Cleanup, the mayor will join WHAS radio personality Terry Meiners at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center at 2100 Bashford Manor Lane on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers can go there to pick up bags, gloves, shirts and brooms for their cleanup crews.

As residents begin to rake up leaves this fall, consider using paper grocery bags or paper yard waste bags instead of plastic garbage bags. Collected yard waste is used to create compost, and plastic bags don’t decompose. Half of the city’s compost is unusable because it contains too much plastic. Residents can use paper bags, biodegradable bags, or even put unbagged yard waste into a separate garbage can marked “yard waste” for collection. Using those alternatives creates more usable compost and saves landfill space.

Join the Brightside Team and “Take it to the Basket”

There are all kinds of things residents can do to join the city’s anti-litter team. Brightside recommends the following tips to give Louisville an assist:

Place trash in the proper receptacle -- put cigarette butts in an ashtray, secure paper and other items in your car so they don’t blow out the window and properly seal garbage containers.

Carry a litterbag in your vehicle or on bicycle.

Report a litterer by calling Metro Call 311 or 574-5000. If you see drivers throw trash or cigarette butts out the window, get a license plate number and the city will send the litterer a letter warning of potential criminal penalties.

Make your church, school or community celebration a litter-free event by contacting MetroCall 311. Brightside will provide signage and trash receptacles, and the organization simply provides volunteers.

Recycle materials to save landfill space, energy and natural resources. Most litter is recyclable!

When you see litter, pick it up and “Take it to the Basket!”

Play the “Take it to the Basket” video game at www.litterfreelouisville.org.

The Brightside Compost Sale will take place on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 (Saturdays), from

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop. Compost is $2.50 per bag or $30 per scoop. The compost is perfect for preparing your yard for fall tree plantings and grass seed.

For more information about Brightside or the Community-Wide Cleanup, contact MetroCall 311 (or 574-5000), or visit www.brightsideinc.org.