Metro Council discusses ban on plastic bags for yard waste disposal

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 6:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Are city residents ready to give up plastic bags for their grass clippings and leaves?

We've been hearing from many of you about the change.

And on Thursday, May 8, Metro Council members voiced their opinions on the issue.

It comes after the Waste Management District voted to ban plastic bags for yard waste.

Representatives attended a committee hearing Thursday afternoon to discuss their decision with council members, a number of whom agreed the ban should have been approved years ago.

"It is a small step toward being a sustainable community. We are called to be stewards of this planet and this really is a baby step to be quite honest with you and is far too long overdue in moving to this next step," Tina Ward-Pugh, a metro councilwoman, said.

Right now, the city sends yard waste that's contaminated with plastic bags to the landfill a costly expense.

But if plastic is not used, the city can reuse the waste, and make a profit. There's no set timeline for when the plastic ban will be enforced.

A waste management district meeting is scheduled for May 27 for further discussion.
 

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