recycling http://wfpl.org en Petition Urges Action on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste http://wfpl.org/post/petition-urges-action-plastic-bag-ban-louisville-yard-waste <p>An<a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-mayor-fischer-to.fb43?source=s.icn.fb&amp;r_by=10090927" target="_blank"> online petition</a> is gathering signatures to persuade Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to ban plastic bags for collecting yard waste.</p><p>Many Louisville residents are under the impression that yard waste is composted. But actually, all of the yard waste collected from the Urban Services District ends up in the landfill. This is because it’s time and labor intensive to empty all the yard waste bags in order to keep the plastic from contaminating the compost.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:31:31 +0000 Erica Peterson 8696 at http://wfpl.org Petition Urges Action on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste Discarded Electronics Create Environmental Problems Nationwide...Is This the Case in Louisville? http://wfpl.org/post/discarded-electronics-create-environmental-problems-nationwideis-case-louisville <p>The New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/19/us/disposal-of-older-monitors-leaves-a-hazardous-trail.html" target="_blank">ran a story earlier this week</a> that chronicles the growing problem of electronic waste in America. Even when consumers take their old devices to recycling centers (rather than disposing of them in landfills), often the electronics don’t actually get recycled properly. This made me wonder: is this the case in Louisville?</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:19:18 +0000 Erica Peterson 4599 at http://wfpl.org Discarded Electronics Create Environmental Problems Nationwide...Is This the Case in Louisville? Give Your Christmas Tree a Second Life as a Fish Habitat http://wfpl.org/post/give-your-christmas-tree-second-life-fish-habitat <p>There are lots of ways to dispose of your Christmas tree this year. If you leave it on your curb and live in the Urban Services District, Metro Government will pick it up. If you bring it to one of several different locations, you can watch it be recycled into mulch. Or, you can drive it to one of 20 drop-off locations around the state and donate your tree to be used for a fish habitat.</p><p>Yes, a fish habitat.</p><p>The Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife is collecting the used trees to deposit in lakes. Joseph Zimmerman is an environmental biologist with the division.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 3099 at http://wfpl.org Give Your Christmas Tree a Second Life as a Fish Habitat Mayor Greg Fischer Gives Wife Recycling Bin http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-gives-wife-recycling-bin <p>Calling it "the gift that keeps on giving," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has given his wife Alexandra <span id="PageBodyContent"><font style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Gerassimides</font></span> a new municipal wheeled recycling bin for Christmas.</p><p>In<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fNNNkyw_rg" target="_blank"> a video released by the Mayor's office,</a> Fischer presents the gift to his wife an unorthodox three weeks before the Christmas holiday. The video shows the gift was a surprise, though Fischer dropped hints in the hours leading up to the gift's presentation.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:11:44 +0000 Erica Peterson & Gabe Bullard 2858 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer Gives Wife Recycling Bin Public Hearing Tonight on Five-Year Solid Waste Plan http://wfpl.org/post/public-hearing-tonight-five-year-solid-waste-plan <p>Louisville's Solid Waste Management division will hold a public hearing tonight on its <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/102878833/Solid-Waste-Management-Plan" target="_blank">five-year plan</a> for the city's garbage and recycling programs.</p><p>The plan includes a proposal to ban the use of plastic bags for yard waste and expand composting. As I <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/five-year-plan-solid-waste-nears-final-stages" target="_blank">reported last month</a>, at least one member of the solid waste advisory committee is skeptical.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:40:12 +0000 Erica Peterson 1541 at http://wfpl.org City Launches First of Several Recycling Projects http://wfpl.org/post/city-launches-first-several-recycling-projects <p>Louisville Metro Government employees will begin participating in the city&rsquo;s first recycling project created through a $4.8 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant.</p><p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Monday&nbsp;to replace the trash cans at all Metro Government employees&rsquo; desks with recycling bins by year&rsquo;s end.</p><p>&ldquo;If we&rsquo;re telling people they need to be more sustainable and they need to recycle more, certainly city government should be a model for that as well,&quot; Fischer said shortly before signing the order.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:24:01 +0000 Devin Katayama 949 at http://wfpl.org City Launches First of Several Recycling Projects