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Councilman Owen dismayed by garbage collection changes of Metro Public Works in the last two weeks

Tuesday January 10, 2012

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

After hearing from his constituents and touring District 8 on his bike, Councilman Tom Owen is expressing concerned that Louisville residents are confused by all the changes in Metro Public Works garbage and recycling services during the month of January.

“I’m worried that our residents can’t follow all these cancellations and changes quickly enough to prevent our garbage from piling up,” Owen says.

To save an estimated $25,000 in overtime expenses, Metro Solid Waste Services eliminated the Monday January 2 collection instead of following the traditional practice of bumping collections one day forward after holidays. As a result, some Urban Services District (old City) residents with Monday collections haven’t had garbage collection since December 26.

Further confusion has been introduced by the permanent changes in collection days that began on Monday, January 9th for over 70,000 households across Metro Louisville and the earlier announcement that there will again be no collections on Martin Luther King Holiday (next Monday, January 16) to save an additional $25,000.

“The whole plan with double-barrel cancellations and route changes was ill-conceived,” he offered. “I understand the need for cost savings but this is just too much. Mayor Fischer should have consulted Council members who represent residents who pay those extra taxes for urban services including garbage, recycling and yard waste collection.”

Owen complains that it is unfair to ask some in the Urban Services District to provide the savings through service reductions.

“What skin do our suburban folks have in the game?” he asks.

Owen says after a review of past and newly introduced collections maps with the Director of Public Works, he is convinced the Highlands neighborhoods in District 8 are being unfairly singled out for reductions because they happen to have a lot of Monday collections in January.

“I will say,” Owen declares, “the Mayor at least got the Council’s attention with his overtime reduction scheme. For next fiscal year, Mayor Fischer and the Council have got to come up with a more equitable plan for achieving real savings.”

The Councilman urges residents to check their collection dates right away either online at—select “Map It” on upper left and enter your address—or call MetroCall at 311.

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