A Louisville ordinance scheduled to take effect today has been delayed following a court order issued this week, which would add fees and regulations to a program that’s a major source of funding for Special Olympics Kentucky.
CEO Trish Mazzoni says there are about 90 textile recycling bins in Louisville where people can donate clothing and books. Special Olympics Kentucky uses those bins to raise money and since April of 2011 the program has brought in about $150,000 statewide, she says.
But the ordinance passed by Metro Government last year would add fees per bin and require that the bins be at least 50 feet away from businesses. Mazzoni says Louisville’s ordinance would be the strictest of several Kentucky cities that have the program.
“We don’t want a precedent set here and we think that’s very important that we take the stance that we have so we can continue with this program,” she says.
But Mazzoni says the city may be willing to compromise.
“We’ve got some indications from the city that we’re going to be able to come together with them and perhaps work on an agreement that’s satisfactory to everybody. So we would like to think the court date wouldn’t be necessary,” she says.