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Louisville Metro Provides Free Firewood from Storm Debris; Public pickup scheduled for Nov. 20

Wednesday November 17, 2004

Metro Government is turning a negative into a positive by making available free firewood, collected from tree limbs and branches that fell after major storms earlier this year.

In July and August, Louisville Metro Waste Management ran a drop-off program for residential tree debris that collected more than 50,000 cubic yards of limbs and branches following severe storms. The majority of the debris is being processed for mulch, however the debris included numerous logs that are the appropriate size for splitting into firewood.

“These logs would serve better as firewood than being ground for mulch,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Our residents can put the logs to good use this winter.”

Abramson added that Metro Government will save the cost of grinding the large logs by offering the firewood to the public.

The logs will be available for pickup on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at a lot across from the Metro Waste Management Center, 600 Meriwether Ave.

The logs are generally three to four feet long and range in size from 12 to 24 inches in diameter. Logs will be free of charge, with the following conditions:

The logs will be available on a first-come, first served basis; Residents may have as many logs as they wish to load in one vehicle;

Logs are unsplit and come “as is”;

Residents must load their own vehicles; and No cutting or splitting will be allowed at the pickup site.

If logs remain after Saturday, Metro Waste Management will offer another pickup the following Saturday, Nov. 27.