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Over 6,000 Volunteers for the Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup

Friday October 25, 2013

Over 6,000 Volunteers for the
Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup

LOUISVILLE (October 25, 2013) — Tomorrow more than 6,000 volunteers from 200 neighborhood, civic, youth, faith-based and other organizations will join forces by picking up litter during the Brightside Fall Community-Wide Cleanup. The cleanup is sponsored by PNC Bank, The Grainger Foundation, Kentucky PRIDE Fund, Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Services and individual Brightside donors.

The Community-Wide Cleanup exemplifies civic pride. Groups select their own cleanup site and Brightside will coordinate the trash pick-up with Louisville Metro Division of Solid Waste Management.

During Brightside’s spring Community-Wide Cleanup, volunteers removed 16 tons of trash from Louisville’s sidewalks, streets and green spaces. That is equivalent to the total amount of trash produced by 22 Americans for one entire year.

Residents who are beginning to rake up leaves this fall, should 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.

Coming Up:

The Brightside Compost Sale will take place on Saturday, November 9th, from

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop. 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, visit www.brightsideinc.org or call 574-2613.