Monday April 7, 2014
Louisville leftovers from residential and restaurant kitchens don’t have to be thrown into the trash anymore. The food composting component of a Wet-Dry recycling pilot announced for the Central Business District last week has been extended to citizens citywide as a drop-off program.
That’s one of several environment friendly programs being promoted in recognition of Earth Month throughout April by the Solid Waste Management Services Division of Metro Public Works. Citizens and restaurateurs may drop off up to five gallons of food scraps at a time for composting at the East District Public Works Yard Recycling Center located at 595 N. Hubbards Lane.
Later this month there will be an announcement giving details of a sale on composting bins for home use planned for the end of May. The composting programs were developed by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, which is funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Earth Month is also a good time to remind citizens of other year-round recycling programs that are available. Four staffed and 13 unstaffed recycling centers are available for drop off of plastic, paper, glass, metal and aluminum. Staffed recycling centers also accept special items such as antifreeze, motor oil and oil filters, printer cartridges, DVDs and CDs, floppy disks and cooking oil.
Staffed recycling centers are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:
East District Public Works Yard
595 N. Hubbards Lane (On the corner of Brownsboro Road.)
Metro Parks Landscaping
9300 Whipps Mill Road
Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway
Central Government Center
7201 Outer Loop
A complete list of recycling locations can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/recycling/drop-off-locations.htm.
Free junk disposal of up to three items is available at the Metro Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue. Household junk items, tree limbs and stumps up to 3 feet in diameter, tires, metal waste, household construction debris, furniture and appliances are accepted. Fees, based on junk volume and vehicle size, are charged for larger amounts of junk. The Waste Reduction Center is open Wednesday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Center also has a CyberCycle program that accepts from residents up to three electronic items at no charge. Acceptable items for the CyberCycle program include televisions, computers, scanners, printers, monitors, tape and disk drives, electronic game systems, VCRs, CD players, digital cameras, copiers, cell phones, CDs and floppy disks. Businesses can also drop off items at a charge of thirty cents per pound.
Household hazardous materials such as paint that are not accepted at the drop-off can be taken to the Louisville Metro Household Hazardous Materials Collection Center (Haz-Bin) at 7501 Grade Lane on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to recycling, citizens are urged to remember two other R words—Reduce and Reuse. Look for every opportunity to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle items to cut down on waste that goes into landfills. An example is the use of reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and grocery bags. Learn more about how to extend the life of your unused stuff at www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/recycling/Reduce+and+Reuse.htm.