Ban on plastic bags will begin on January 1


by WHAS 11

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 11:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Tuesday evening, the Metro Solid Waste Management Board met to discuss a ban on plastic yard bans. 

Last month, members voted to ban plastic bags for yard waste, claiming that using less plastic is more environmentally friendly. During the meeting, members decided the ban will take effect on January 1, 2015.
In leiu of using plastic bags, the board suggests these methods for disposing of yard waste:
  • Mulch and/or compost yard clippings to eliminate cost and need for yard waste collection;
  • Place yard waste in reusable containers, such as an old garbage can, to reduce the need for continual purchase of single-use bags;
  • Place yard waste in paper bags designed for yard waste collection;
  • Place yard waste in compostable plastic bags that meet ASTM D6400 standards;
  • Use seasonal drop-off centers for yard waste

The full ban won’t take place until after an extensive public education outreach program has been implemented. Once the ban begins, you could be fined if you’re caught using plastic bags for leaves, grass clippings or other yard waste.

As waste haulers encounter plastic bags during the education period they will collect the bags but leave educational material behind. When enforcement begins, yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected and residents could be subject to fines and cleanup fees.

A press conference will be held May 28 at 10:30 a.m. with Public Works and other officials about the education process of the plastic bag ban. We'll have the latest starting at noon on Wednesday.