12:31 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Petition Urges Action on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste

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An online petition is gathering signatures to persuade Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to ban plastic bags for collecting yard waste.

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.

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1:19 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Discarded Electronics Create Environmental Problems Nationwide...Is This the Case in Louisville?

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The New York Times ran a story earlier this week 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?

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3:00 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Give Your Christmas Tree a Second Life as a Fish Habitat

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.

Yes, a fish habitat.

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.

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11:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer Gives Wife Recycling Bin

Calling it "the gift that keeps on giving," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has given his wife Alexandra Gerassimides a new municipal wheeled recycling bin for Christmas.

In a video released by the Mayor's office, 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.

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10:40 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Public Hearing Tonight on Five-Year Solid Waste Plan

Louisville's Solid Waste Management division will hold a public hearing tonight on its five-year plan for the city's garbage and recycling programs.

The plan includes a proposal to ban the use of plastic bags for yard waste and expand composting. As I reported last month, at least one member of the solid waste advisory committee is skeptical.

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12:24 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

City Launches First of Several Recycling Projects

Large recycling cans will replace many orange bins later this year in a pilot program.

Louisville Metro Government employees will begin participating in the city’s first recycling project created through a $4.8 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Monday to replace the trash cans at all Metro Government employees’ desks with recycling bins by year’s end.

“If we’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," Fischer said shortly before signing the order.

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