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Council Members encourage everyone to get rid of the junk on Sunday, October 21st

Thursday October 18, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Two times a year, Metro Government makes it easier for everyone to clean up houses, yards and neighborhoods with a service that puts junk and debris where it belongs. It’s a service that is free.

“I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the fall junk drop off at the landfill,” says Councilman George Unseld (D) 6. “If you have been waiting around for the right time to get rid of anything old or unusable in the basement or garage, now is the time.”

The semi-annual junk drop-off day will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2007.

“We have many neighborhoods that are planning Brightside cleanups at the end of this month,” says Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1. “Taking advantage of this drop off is a good way to kick off such efforts through the city.”

Residents will get the chance to bring any bulk junk item to the landfill on the Outer Loop. These are items that are not picked up in regular garbage collection such as mattresses, old worn out furniture and appliances. The metal from appliances is recycled and the Freon is properly removed.

“Metro government has made great strides in recycling and cleaning up many areas of the city,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21. “Since it is free, I’m sure all Council members would encourage everyone to take advantage of it.”

Not all items can be accepted at the junk drop off. The list includes; yard waste (grass, limbs, leaves, etc.), hazardous materials, paint, tires and commercial trash.

Materials such as oil and lead-based paints, lawn fertilizers, batteries and household chemicals can be taken to the Louisville Metro Household Hazardous Materials Collection Center, known as HAZ BIN, 7501 Grade Lane. The center is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This service is also free for Louisville residents.

The city is also offering “Tire Amnesty” on Friday October 19th and Saturday October 20th.

“If anyone has wondered what to do with those old tires in the basement or garage, now we have that problem solved,” Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. “When you think about all the tires we see in ditches and alleys, the city is making an effort to control that kind of dumping.”

Drop off sites for the tire amnesty program are the Public Works Yard, 595 Hubbards Lane, 2673 Outer Loop (for 100 tires or more), the Public Works Yard, 7219 Dixie Highway and the Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriweather Avenue.

For more information about either program, residents may phone Solid Waste at 574-3571 or MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

Judith Green (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
George Unseld (D) 6
Dan Johnson (D) 21