City aims to increase landfill diversion with new recycling program

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by C.J. Daniels, WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 5:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The city of Louisville is taking steps to become greener with a new program designed to cut excess waste in landfills.

Louisville Metro Solid Waste will begin replacing black garbage carts with orange carts to help local businesses and residents’ transition into the Wet-Dry Recycling program to increase recycling rates through downtown Louisville.

The program urges users to discard wet items such as food, liquids, used paper towels, and other items used in kitchens, break rooms and bathrooms to be placed in black trash bags. This will be kept apart from the dry waste so it will not clog machinery or contaminate recyclables.

Metro Solid Waste says 80 percent of materials collected from downtown buildings are recyclable and those materials will be collected in clear trash bags and can also be placed on top of already bagged wet material.

Restaurants in the downtown area will receive brown carts just for discarded food and organic waste. Metro Solid Waste says the food items collected will be turned into compost.

Restaurants will also receive orange carts and they are expected to follow the same guidelines as other downtown businesses discarding items.

The move started on March 10 but officials know it’ll take time for everyone to transition to the new Wet-Dry system.

The city has a goal in achieving a long-term, countywide goal of 90 percent landfill diversion by 2042.

For more information on the recycling project call MetroCall at 311.
 

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