Mayor Announces Expansion of Electronics Recycling
Wednesday April 18, 2007
CyberCycle program now accepts televisions - diverting toxic waste from dump
LOUISVILLE (April 18, 2007) – Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city will expand electronics reclamation by accepting televisions in its e-scrap recycling program. Through reuse and recycling, televisions provide added environmental benefits in the form of energy and resource conservation.
“This recycling initiative gives our residents and businesses the opportunity to participate in an environmentally-responsible green program,” said Mayor Abramson. “We are proud to be the only city in Kentucky accepting televisions on a year-round basis. Keeping them from becoming toxic waste in the landfill continues our momentum to make Louisville cleaner and greener.”
Electronic equipment contains metals and other materials such as cadmium, lead, mercury and chromium that can become hazardous to human health and the environment if they are not properly managed. Additionally, recycling televisions and electronic equipment capture valuable resources such as precious metals, engineered plastics, glass, stainless steel and other materials. When equipment is not recycled, these resources cannot be recovered.
“We in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet believe the decision by Metro Louisville’s CyberCycle program to begin accepting televisions for recycling – adding to its list of recyclable waste electronics – is progressive and commendable,” said Secretary Teresa Hill. “As Kentucky’s first year-round, municipally run e-scrap collection program and a collector of large volumes of e-scrap, CyberCycle is a model for other cities and states.”
Louisville Metro residents will be allowed to recycle up to three electronic items per visit at no charge. Businesses will be charged a .20 per pound fee and nonprofit organizations will be charged .10 per pound. These fees will help defray program costs related to shipping and proper disposal. Televisions and other electronic equipment from businesses and nonprofit groups are accepted by appointment only. Residents may take their electronic items any time during normal operating hours to:
Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Avenue
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Friday – 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
Saturday – 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Additional information about Louisville Metro’s recycling opportunities can be found by phoning MetroCall 311 or by visiting www.LouisvilleKy.gov/solidwaste.