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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom


City Announces Storm Debris Dropoff Sites, Collection

Wednesday February 4, 2009

Updated on Tuesday, February 17th
The city's dropoff locations referenced below are now closed.  Please refer to the curbside pickup schedule.


Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the city will once again begin curbside debris collection next week.

Storm Debris Pickup Maps“The good news is that it appears there’s much less tree debris than we had in the windstorm. We had significant numbers of entire trees down in September, and now it looks like we have mostly branches,” Abramson said. “But it’s still going to be a labor-intensive process to clean up our city again.”

The mayor encouraged residents to review their garbage service’s guidelines on yard waste disposal. Most require limbs to be cut into lengths of about three feet, and for smaller branches to be bundled for collection.

“Many garbage services offer yard waste removal – and it may be easier for residents to simply utilize that disposal option,” Abramson said.

Curbside debris collection begins Monday, Feb. 9
Once again, Public Works crews will collect storm debris from each street in the city. If residents cannot use their garbage service’s yard waste plan or take their debris to a dropoff site, they may move the debris to the right-of-way for collection.

Curbside collection will begin Monday, Feb. 9. Residents are urged to begin moving debris to the curb over the next few days. Residents should put debris between the sidewalk and the street. Please don’t block the sidewalk or the travel lanes. 

Public Works administrators expect this round of debris collection to go more quickly than the fall collection because fewer whole trees are down.

“This will give citizens time to cut up tree debris and haul it to the right of way,” said Ted Pullen, director of Public Works. “We’ll use this week to do some routine maintenance on our trucks, which have been running nearly non-stop for a week.”

The crews that will collect the storm debris are the same crews that drive salt trucks, remove downed trees and repair potholes.

Residents should check the city’s debris map to determine their home’s grid assignment. Storm collection grids will also be available by calling MetroCall 311.

This time, collection will begin with areas that were last for pickup from the September storm and go through the grid in reverse order. For example, in collection region “E”, crews will begin in box E-15 and go to E-14, E-13 and so on.

Collection dumpsters available to neighborhood groups, homeowners associations
Organizations, neighborhood groups or associations may apply to have a storm debris dumpster delivered and picked up from a neighborhood. Dumpsters are available on a first come, first served basis. Dumpsters will be left for up to three days. Groups may apply online.

Don’t burn storm debris
Fire officials remind citizens: Do not burn storm debris. It’s against the law, creates fire hazards and requires unnecessary fire runs when firefighters are needed elsewhere.

Updated at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5
LG&E: 4,000 remain without power
At the height of the storm 205,000 LG&E customers were without power, as well as 199,000 KU customers.

MSD clearing catch basins
Crews from the Metropolitan Sewer District are out clearing catch basins, so the melting ice can drain. MSD Director Bud Schardein said there are 55,000 catch basins in the city – and citizens can help if they clear the ice and snow from basins near their home or business.

“Once the ice and snow melt, it has to drain somewhere or we’ll have flooding,” Schardein said.

Red Cross shelter still open 
The Red Cross still has one shelter open, at Walnut Street Baptist Church. It will remain open as long as people need a place to stay.