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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Phone Book Recycling Program Begins

Thursday October 7, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today encouraged Louisville residents and businesses not to trash their outdated telephone books but recycle them by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.

Recycled telephone books are used to manufacture hydro-seeding mulch, insulation, egg cartons, newsprint, new directories and other useful products. Since January of this year, more than 60 tons of old phone books have been recycled in the Louisville area – about the weight of 24 Ford F-150 pickup trucks made in Louisville.

“Energy conservation and wise use of natural resources have always been important and recycling is an effective step that all of us can take in preserving our environment and responsibly managing our waste.” Abramson said. “If businesses and residents do not take the initiative to recycle, literally tons of phone books will end up in our landfill.”

Abramson said there are several options for recycling old phone books. To accommodate multiple copies, large recycling containers will be located at two sites:

Plainview Kroger parking lot, 9812 Linn Station Road
Metro parking lot, between Jefferson Street and Liberty at 8th and 9th Streets

Businesses with 25 or more phone books to recycle are urged to use these large containers, which will remain in place through October 29th.

Residents and businesses with fewer than 25 copies can use one of the five Louisville metro staffed recycling centers, which are open Tuesday-Saturday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Works Yard - 595 Hubbards Lane

Southwest Government Center - 7219 Dixie Highway

Police Office - 9300 Whipps Mill Road Central Government Center - 7201 Outer Loop

Police Office - 10620 West Manslick Road

Residents of the Urban Services District can place their old phone books in their curbside recycling bins or take them to one of the following non-staffed recycling drop-off sites:

Engine Co. # 22 - 3228 River Park Drive

Engine Co. # 16 -1500 South Sixth St

Engine Co. # 12 - 4535 Manslick Road Engine Co. # 8 - 2900 Hikes Lane

Engine Co. # 5 - 235 E. Jefferson Street

Engine Co. # 4 - 2620 Frankfort Avenue Metro Parks - 1297 Trevilian Way

Beechmont Community Center - 205 Wellington Avenue Bowman Field

Drivers License Branch – 3501 Roger Schupp

Street Sponsors of the phone book recycling program include The Kroger Company, Louisville Metro Government, Inland Service Corp., Waste Management of Kentucky, Inc., and Bellsouth “The Real Yellow Pages.”

For further information, residents may phone MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.