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Proposed ban would prohibit use of plastic bags for yard waste

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A proposed rule would prohibit using plastic bags for yard waste.

The Louisville-Jefferson County Waste Management Board voted to initiate a 30-day period where residents can comment about the proposal. The regulation would require the use of reusable containers, paper bags or compostable bags for yard waste collection. The use of plastic, non-compostable bags would be prohibited.

Nashville, Lexington, Cincinnati and Columbus have already implemented similar rules.

From March 29 through April 29, you can submit comments to:

Waste Management District at the Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Division

600 Meriwether Avenue

Louisville, KY 40217

Methods approved for handling yard waste as specified in the proposed resolution are as follows in order of preference:

· Mulch and/or compost yard clippings to eliminate cost and need for yard waste collection

· Place yard waste in reusable containers 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 materials

A public hearing and vote is scheduled on May 6 at 5:30. The hearing will be held in the Metropolitan Sewer District First Floor board room at 700 W Liberty St. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must contact the Solid Waste District at the Meriwether office or Pete Flood at 502-574-3290 / Pete.Flood@louisvilleky.gov.

Information courtesy of the Mayor's Press Office.

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