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Enforcement date banning plastic yard waste bags set

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Although they are asking people to switch now, they haven't started enforcing the ban. Although they are asking people to switch now, they haven't started enforcing the ban.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - During a public hearing of the Waste Management Board Tuesday night there were plenty of questions about the somewhat controversial plastic bag ban for yard waste. Despite some residents not being happy with the ban, the regulation has already been passed. 

Waste Management officials have an education campaign that's getting ready to ramp up with TV and radio ads as well as mailers with the message that plastic yard waste bags are banned unless they are biodegradable. Paper waste bags and re-usable containers are the other options.

Although they are asking people to switch now, they haven't started enforcing the ban. Originally enforcement was going to begin October 1, 2014, but Tuesday night folks like Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf, who happens to be the president of the Jefferson County League of Cities, asked that they give a little more time for education. He asked to delay enforcement until January 1, 2015 so every city in Greater Louisville is on the same page.

Dieruf told the board, "We're going to try and attract businesses here and people to live here and the only way we can do it is not to have the inner bickering we may have had in the past and work as one."

J-town's Mayor also said he's certain Louisville's independent hardware stores would help get the word out and he said any extra time would also help big box stores promote the new waste bags.

The decision? The board agreed to January 1, 2015 as the enforcement date. No plastic bags for yard waste will be picked up after that date.

Cincinnati started it's program in April. Lexington, Nashville and Columbus also have similar yard waste programs.

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