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Phone Book Recycling Program Begins

Friday April 9, 2004

contact: Terry Dunn, Solid Waste, 574-8442/744-0988
Residents, businesses can use special containers, recycling centers, curbside bins 

Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents and businesses to recycle their old phone books by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.

All directories deposited will be recycled into mulch, roofing materials, newsprint, egg cartons and other products including new telephone directories. In 2003, more than 75 tons of old phone books were recycled in the Louisville area – about the weight of 55 four-door family sedan automobiles.
“Recycling not only conserves valuable resources, it’s an effective step that all of us can take in reducing litter and keeping our community clean,” Abramson said. “If businesses and residents had not taken the initiative to recycle last year, those 75 tons of phone books would have ended up in our landfill.”
Abramson said there are several options for recycling old phone books. To accommodate multiple copies, large recycling containers will be located at two sites:

the parking lot of the Plainview Kroger, 9812 Linn Station Road, and the Metro Parking Lot located between Jefferson Street and Liberty at Eighth and Ninth Streets. Businesses with 25 or more phone books to recycle are urged to use these large containers, which will remain in place through May 2.
Residents and businesses with fewer than 25 copies can use one of the five Louisville metro staffed recycling centers, which are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
· Public Works Yard - 595 Hubbards Lane · Southwest Government Center - 7219 Dixie Highway

· Police Office - 9300 Whipps Mill Road
· Central Government Center - 7201 Outer Loop
· Police Office - 10620 West Manslick Road

Residents of the Urban Services District can place their old phone books in their curbside recycling bins or take them to one of the following non-staffed recycling drop-off sites:

· Engine Co. # 22 - 3228 River Park Drive
· Engine Co. # 16 -1500 South Sixth St

· Engine Co. # 12 - 4535 Manslick Road
· Engine Co. # 8 - 2900 Hikes Lane

· Engine Co. # 5 - 235 E. Jefferson Street
· Engine Co. # 4 - 2620 Frankfort Avenue · Metro Parks - 1297 Trevilian Way
· Beechmont Community Center - 205 Wellington Avenue

· Bowman Field Drivers License Branch – 3501 Roger Schupp Street

Sponsors of the phone book recycling program include The Kroger Company, Louisville Metro Government, Inland Service Corp., Waste Management of Kentucky, Inc., and Bellsouth “The Real White Pages.”

For further information, residents may call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.