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Abramson Announces Initiatives to Increase Recycling Participation

Thursday November 30, 2006

Addition of new plastics will divert more waste from landfill

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city will expand plastic products accepted in all of its recycling programs. The new plastics - labeled #3 through #7 - will be accepted in curbside pickup in the Urban Services District, condominium collections, and at staffed or unstaffed drop-off locations.

Mayor Abramson reviews the new recycling items.

“Citizens now can recycle five new plastics that won’t be going to the landfill,” Abramson said. “This makes recycling more convenient and takes the guesswork out of which plastics are recyclable and which are not.”

Plastics containers, labeled #3 through #7, include margarine and yogurt containers, ketchup, mustard, syrup and medicine bottles, plastic plates and cups and CD cases. Residents need to simply check the container: if it has the recycling symbol with those numbers inside it is acceptable.

In the past, the city accepted only plastics #1 and #2. Those items included detergent dispensers and soda or shampoo bottles.

“It’s our belief that adding these new items to our recycling program will increase participation because it makes the process easier for our residents,” Abramson said.

Other communities that have added the additional plastics to their recycling programs have seen the recycling of plastics increase by anywhere from 10 to 30 percent.

Promoting Community-Wide Recycling

  • Industrial Disposal, the curbside recycling contractor for the Urban Services District, has placed large signs on its 15 recycling trucks that serve the city. These rolling billboards encourage recycling with a simple message: “Waste? Not When You Recycle!”

  • Approximately 300,000 Louisville Water Company customers will receive an insert in their bills that promotes recycling and provides information about how to get started.

  • Private waste haulers will also include a tag line on their bills that encourages residents to sign up for curbside recycling or to take advantage of the city’s 17 drop-off locations.

Louisville launched a pilot recycling program in 1990. Last year, 15,724 tons of materials were recycled through city programs. Recycling has increased by 18 percent across the board this year when compared to the same period last year. So far this year, 12,886 tons have been recycled.

Additional information about Louisville Metro’s recycling opportunities can be found by phoning MetroCall 311 or by visiting


In the past, Louisville Metro has accepted plastics #1 and #2. Those items include detergent dispensers and soda or shampoo bottles.

Look for information in your recycling bin on the new items you can now recycle!  Click here to download the brochure. (418KB PDF)