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Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection days change for many in 2012

Tuesday November 29, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 29, 2011) – Citizens who live within the Urban Services District (old city limits) should watch for a mailer that provides information about changes to their scheduled garbage collection and recycling/yard waste collection days.

More than 77,550 households and small businesses in the Urban Services will be affected, with a change to one or both of their collection days.

The changes take effect January 9, 2012. Residents will need to place their trash, recycling and yard waste at their normal collection site on the specific days of the week listed on the mailer.

“It is imperative that citizens pay close attention to these mailers. Some people who have set their trash out on the same day for years will see their collection days have changed,” Metro Public Works Director Ted Pullen said. “We encourage folks to hang them on their refrigerators or somewhere visible as a reminder.”

Some customers will keep the same collection days. However, everyone in the Urban Services District will receive a mailer confirming which day of the week is designated for garbage, recycling and yard waste pick-up. The route changes will not affect collection in the central business district.

Although Solid Waste makes service revisions and improvements every year, collection routes had not been thoroughly analyzed and evaluated since 1994. The new route system will allows crews to operate in a more streamlined and timely manner making Solid Waste’s services, which are funded by taxpayer dollars, more efficient.

In the coming months, additional equipment and more employees will be integrated into the Solid Waste Management Services fleet, measures that were included in Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2011-2012 budget as a more efficient alternative to overtime spending.

Citizens with questions about changes to their garbage or recycling/yard waste collection days should call MetroCall 311.