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Two Junk Pickup Cycles Announced for Urban Services District

Wednesday June 30, 2010

Residents will receive postcards with their set-out dates – information also available at MetroCall 311and

 Residents of Louisville’s urban services district (old city limits) will receive two curbside junk pickups during the next 12 months.

Metro Solid Waste Management collects junk on 24 collection routes or areas in the urban services district. Residents in each area should place their junk at the curb during their set-out dates – the Friday-Sunday before their junk is scheduled to be picked up. Collection will take place over the following five days, Monday-Friday.

The set-out dates for residents who live in the first curbside collection route, the “A” area, are July 9-11.

Residents in the urban services district will receive a postcard in coming weeks with the set-out dates for both curbside junk pickups – one in 2010 and a second in the first half of 2011.

Residents may also call MetroCall at 311 or visit the city’s website, for junk set-out dates and other information. On the city website, go to the “Map It” tool in the upper left corner and enter your home address to see your junk pickup dates.

Junk Pickup Guidelines

· Junk should NOT be put out before your set-out dates, the Friday-Sunday before your collection week.

· There is no limit to the number of items that may be set out, but all items must come from the household where they are set out.

· Small items must be bundled or put in plastic bags. Each bag or bundle must weigh less than 60 pounds. Do not use garbage cans or cardboard boxes. Material in cans or boxes will not be collected.

· Tree branches and brush no greater than 4 inches in diameter must be cut in four foot lengths and kept separate from other items because woody waste is collected by a special vehicle and recycled into compost.

· Items NOT accepted include: dirt, gravel or construction or demolition debris such as wood, drywall, shingles, gutters, siding. No auto parts (except for 4 tires per residence) such as transmissions, engine blocks or batteries.

· No computer equipment, televisions or other electronics. Electronic gear can be disposed of through the city’s CyberCycle program.

· No hazardous materials such as motor oil, batteries, paint, gasoline, antifreeze, pool chemicals or lawn chemicals. Those materials can be brought to the city’s HazBin disposal site.

· Appliances will be collected. Doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers.

· Persons who put out junk at times other than their regularly scheduled junk set-out dates can be subject fines from $100 to $1000 per day per violation, as well as criminal prosecution and cost of cleanup.

Residents in all areas of Louisville can always take up to three household junk items, at no charge, to the Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue. Hours are: Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.