Monday February 26, 2007
LOUISVILLE (February 26, 2007) – Louisville will enjoy cleaner interstates and exit ramps this winter thanks to a partnership of Brightside, Metro Solid Waste and a grant from Kentucky Pride Fund. Road crews will begin interstate cleanups on Monday.
The city began two years ago to coordinate winter-time highway cleanups to supplement the cleanups the Kentucky Department of Transportation funds during the grass-mowing season (April-October). Over the past two years, these additional winter cleanups cleared over 350 tons of trash from I-65, the Watterson and the Gene Snyder Freeway.
"There was a long stretch of time from October to the next April when our interstates were not being cleaned. So we pulled Brightside and Solid Waste together to coordinate these additional cleanups to close that gap. The winter interstate cleanup program is another great example of government agencies working together to keep our city clean and beautiful," Mayor Jerry Abramson said.
Cynthia Knapek, Executive Director of Brightside noted that, "Litter seems to be worse in the winter because there is nothing green to focus on, so we felt like it was important to make this extra effort to clean-up."
Citizens still urged to join the effort: ‘Report-A-Litterer’ or volunteer
Residents can continue to get directly involved in making Louisville a more litter-free community through the Report-A-Litterer program focused on motorists who throw food wrappers, soda bottles or any type of litter out their car window.
"I’m asking our citizens and businesses to get involved in cleaning up our community," Abramson said. "Folks can call MetroCall 311 when they see someone toss litter out of their car. We also encourage individuals to pick up litter in their neighborhoods, and participate in Brightside’s community-wide cleanup on March 31, or simply not litter in the first place to create a long-term solution. By working together; we can make our hometown a cleaner place to live."
Citizens can Report-A-Litterer or register for Brightside’s Community-Wide cleanup by contacting MetroCall at 311 (or 574-5000) or by visiting www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocall. People reporting littering must provide the license plate number of the vehicle.
NOTE TO EDITORS AND PRODUCERS:
· Cleanup crews will be working all week on the project.
· Contact Mr. Cary Cassell, Kentucky Department of Transportation, at 502-226-0388 (you must dial 502) for the exact location of the cleanup crews.