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Metro Newsroom

Final Distribution of Garbage Carts Starting in Urban Services District

Thursday July 31, 2003

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the final distribution of the popular large garbage carts is taking place over the next two weeks in the Urban Services District.

The distribution of 18,540 carts, which hold up to 200 pounds of garbage, or as much as three regular garbage cans, is taking place in parts of eight Metro Council Districts. The neighborhoods represent the final areas of the Urban Services District to receive the carts.

Abramson set aside $800,000 in the recently approved 2003 budget to complete the cart distribution. The move helps the city’s Department of Solid Waste Management Services cut costs while improving efficiency. With the large carts, for example, solid waste officials can in some cases reduce the size of a crew needed to handle pickup.

“These large carts have proven to be extremely popular in helping residents contain more garbage to keep their neighborhoods cleaner and more beautiful,” Abramson said. “I’m excited that, working with the Metro Council, we’re in the final stages of completing this distribution so that everyone who received garbage service from Metro Government can enjoy this benefit.”

A spreadsheet is attached that lists the neighborhoods included in the final distribution list. Keith Hackett, director of Solid Waste Management Services, said the distribution should be completed by Aug. 15.

Residents can call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000 if they have questions about the new cart system, Hackett said.

The carts, which carry the new community’s seal, also come with directions for how to use them properly. The carts are bar coded and assigned to each address. They are made of high-density polyethylene plastic and are 100 percent recyclable.