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Drop Off Service for Tree Debris Proves Popular; 50,000 Cubic Yards and Counting

Friday July 30, 2004

More than 8,800 Louisville residents have dropped off tree debris free of charge at two temporary locations opened by Mayor Jerry Abramson to help people clean up after the recent storms.

More than 50,000 cubic yards of downed trees and limbs – enough to fill a football field more than 50 feet high – have been brought in by residents since July 13, said Bob Schindler, director of Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Services. The tree debris is being chopped and ground, turning it into compost and mulch for recycling.

The stream of pick-up trucks that packed the two drop-off sites in the days after the storms has dropped off substantially, prompting officials to scale back to one location.

The Louisville Metro Public Works facility at 595 Hubbards Lane will stop accepting tree debris from the storms after Wednesday, Aug. 4. The Hubbards Lane facility will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
The Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Center at 600 Meriweather Avenue will continue to accept tree debris from the storms through Aug. 14. The Meriweather facility is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Both sites are closed Sunday and Monday.
 
The service is free to Louisville residents who bring loads in pick-up trucks or smaller vehicles. Commercial contractors and residents with larger loads will be charged.
 
Yard waste collection crews in the Urban Services District are whittling away at the backlog of tree debris set out by residents, Schindler said, but it will take a few more weeks to clear the backlog. Residents can help speed the process by bundling or stacking all limbs less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet long.