Friday September 24, 2004
Mayor Abramson today urged citizens to get involved in cleaning up Louisville Metro by joining in the annual Brightside/Republic Bank Community-wide Cleanup on Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m. to noon.
Abramson also announced several new or expanded initiatives to fight litter including additional highway cleanups, new sidewalk sweeping equipment and additional stretches of community roadways that businesses and other groups have pledged to keep clean.
Part of the ongoing community-wide ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign that targets reducing litter throughout Louisville Metro, the Brightside/Republic Bank Community-Wide Cleanup provides a structured opportunity for people to play a role.
“This is an excellent way for neighbors, organizations and businesses to join forces to clean up our city,” Abramson said. “We appreciate the support of companies such as Republic Bank, which recognize that we all share a responsibility to make our community a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live.”
Abramson said groups and individuals wanting to signup for the cleanup should call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.
Steve Trager, Chairman and CEO of Republic Bank & Trust Company said the bank is proud to support such an important initiative.
“Republic Bank & Trust Company is proud to be the sponsor of the Community-wide Cleanup and looks forward to participating in Brightside’s continued efforts in keeping our beautiful city clean.” Many neighborhood associations and civic groups from all areas of Louisville Metro have already committed to participate in the cleanup. Bags, gloves, a free T-shirt and a rake or broom will be given out to community volunteers from the following Republic Bank locations, beginning at 7:30 a.m.:
Blankenbaker - 11330 Main Street, Middletown West Broadway - 2028 West Broadway
Poplar Level Road - 1420 Poplar Level Road Fern Creek – 101000 Brookridge Village Boulevard
In addition to this community-wide project, Abramson said Brightside is also increasing the number of organized district-wide and neighborhood cleanups. Other action to combat litter includes:
• Adding a third interstate highway cleanup this year. State highway crews will gather litter from major expressways within Louisville Metro during November, January and March. This will include I-71, I-64, I-65, Watterson Expressway (I-264) and Gene Synder Freeway (I-265). Two interstate cleanups last winter hauled in 134 tons of litter.
• Expanded Brightside Green Mile program, adding some 15 new Green Mile participants over the past year. The program allows organizations, businesses and neighborhood associations to help keep Louisville clean by “adopting” a mile stretch of street or road – and keeping it free of litter. There are currently 37 miles of road adopted throughout Louisville Metro.
• Two new portable walk-behind litter vacuums and a larger, riding sweeper have been purchased and are available for use in cleaning neighborhood sidewalks. Organizations and neighborhood associations interested should contact Brightside to schedule use of the equipment.
Resources for litter prevention and the ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign are made available by HB 174, enacted in 2002. The legislation created the Kentucky Pride Fund, which made $5 million available for litter cleanup.