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Board votes unanimously to outlaw plastic bags for yard waste

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Sarah Lynn Cunningham Sarah Lynn Cunningham
Greg Zahradnik Greg Zahradnik
Ron Schneider Ron Schneider
Jerry Miller Jerry Miller

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's official. Plastic bags have gotten the can. Soon it will be illegal to use them for yard waste at curbside pick up throughout Jefferson County.

"I'm glad that the vote passed, or the ordinance passed, I'm very pleased that it was unanimous," Advisory Committee Member Sarah Lynn Cunningham said following Tuesday's vote.  

Public comments concerning the vote poured in to committee members, but the final decision was left in the hands of the Louisville, Jefferson County Waste Management Board.

"It's tax payer money," Advisory Committee Chair Greg Zahradnik said. "So there is a responsibility to get something done."

Currently all yard waste ends up in a landfill whether you brown-bag it or not.

"I didn't find out until just a couple of months ago that all of the yard waste that people put out was going to landfills apparently for the last 10 or 11 years," resident Ron Schneider said.

Not everyone at the meeting was in favor. Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller asked whether the board had the authority to even call for the vote and disputed the need for the law.

"I compost. My wife and I recycle faithfully. But the point of that matter is that many people don't and that's their choice," Miller said.

The board didn't decide when the law will go into effect. They debated whether people would be caught off guard by the proposed October 1 date.

"I really think that if people just calm down, and give it a try, everything will be alright," Cunningham said.

The board will decide on a implementation date at their next scheduled meeting on May 27.

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