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Plastic bags filled with yard waste will no longer be picked up curbside in Jefferson County if a vote on the matter passes. Plastic bags filled with yard waste will no longer be picked up curbside in Jefferson County if a vote on the matter passes.
The alternatives to plastic would be yard waste bins and paper bags. The alternatives to plastic would be yard waste bins and paper bags.
Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen
Graham Clark Graham Clark

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Plastic bags filled with yard waste may be getting canned.

"It's ridiculous to take yard waste and put it in our landfill," said Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen.

That's a waste, Owen said, in more ways than one.

"Guess what we do with it, we put it on top of the landfill as a daily cover," Owen explained.

If a vote on the matter passes on May 6, plastic bags filled with yard waste will no longer be picked up curbside in Jefferson County. Some say it would be a change for the better.

"If the plastic just isn't degrading, then it's just a problem, especially for yard waste," said Louisville resident Graham Clark. "It seems like a missed opportunity to not have something that's biodegradable."

In the 1990s, Owen said, state law mandated the city start separating and composting organic waste. But using it on top of the mountain of waste provided the city with a loophole.

"People have been thinking all of these years that we were actually composting it and using it as a valuable commodity," Owen said. "But in fact, it's being used at the Outer Loop landfill as a daily cover."

The move would help preserve the landfill's life span. The alternatives would include plastic bins and paper bags.

"I'd be fine with it as long as the product isn't too much of an inconvenience," Clark said.

Time is ticking for those for and against the move to start talking trash. They have until April 29 to submit a comment before the vote.

Comments on the proposed regulation must be received no later than the close of business on April 28, 2014. They must be submitted to the Waste Management District at the Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Division, 600 Meriwether Ave., Louisville, KY 40217.

A public hearing and vote on the proposed regulation is scheduled on May 6, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at 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 or Pete.Flood@louisvilleky.gov.

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