Metro may consider ban leaving plastic bags of leaves

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There's a possible change in the way you tidy up autumn leaves.

"There is an effort underway right now to re-introduce a yard waste ordinance which would ban plastic bags," Metro Council Spokesperson Tony Hyatt said.

Hyatt stressed, however, that nothing would be done until Metro Public Works finishes a public education plan and shares it with Metro Council.

The new ordinance could mean leaves or brush would have to be in container that could be emptied or in biodegradable bags.

"It saves money in the long run. The more you can keep out of the landfill the longer you can use it," Hyatt said.

Currently, yard waste is picked up separately from everyday garbage in the urban service district. It's collected on the same day as recycling.

Residential yard waste collection within the suburban areas (outside the former City of Louisville) is the responsibility of the individual residents/property owners and is contracted through private waste haulers, according to metro government's website.

Anyone within city limits will have three options for dropping off leaves at no cost until Saturday, December 7.

The drop off sites will be closed Sundays and Mondays as well as Thanksgiving and November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

Only loose leaves will be accepted. All containers and bags must be emptied and the bags must be disposed off-site.

Here's a list of leaf drop-off sites:

10500 Lower River Road

Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

595 Hubbards Lane

Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

636 Meriwether Avenue

Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hyatt said the leaves will be turned into compost and used for mulching projects throughout Louisville.

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