What to do with all that storm debris [The Arena]

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Late Saturday afternoon, folks in Louisville got hit with a nasty little rainstorm that knocked down trees and power lines, leaving about a third of homes in the dark.  The hard-working crews from LG&E—along with crews sent in from utilities in neighboring states—have now restored power to most homes and businesses.  As of 6:00 am this morning, 95,400 customers have had their electricity restored; leaving 32,600 still in the dark.  At the peak, 128,000 customers were without power.

Folks left with limbs, branches and other debris following this weekend’s storms can haul their debris to Waste Management’s Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal facility, located at 2673 Outer Loop on Saturday, August 20th from Noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per load.

At the request of Metro Public Works, Waste Management of Kentucky, a private company, agreed to open its facility to the public to assist in the community-wide clean-up effort, as it has following other damaging storms. This debris drop-off event is for individuals only. No contractors will be allowed.

For residents of the Urban Services District (the old city limits), Solid Waste Management will haul away debris as part of its routine service.

As usual, yard waste is picked up separately from household garbage on a once a week, Monday thru Friday schedule. It is collected on the same day as recycling, so residents should sufficiently separate yard waste from the orange recycling bin.

There is no limit on the number of bags or cans of yard waste that may be set out for collection.

Here are some reminders about preparing debris for pick-up (within the Urban Services District):

  • Woody waste (such as tree limbs) should be less than 4 inches in diameter and should be cut into 4-foot lengths and securely tied into bundles light enough to be easily handled by one individual
  • Yard waste may be set out in garbage cans or plastic bags as long as each can or bag weighs no more than 60 pounds and can be easily lifted by the average person.
  • All yard waste must be set out by 6 AM on collection day - no earlier than 4 PM on the day before collection day.
  • All containers must be removed from the street or alley no later than 4 PM the day after collection and stored on the property.
  • No household garbage can be mixed with grass, leaves, or other yard waste.

Suburban-area residents should contact their private waste hauler for debris pick-up guidelines, collection schedule and acceptable materials.

For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/

WDRB-41 reports on Saturday’s storm damage

 

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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