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Christmas Tree Disposal Options

Metro Public Works will provide curbside pickup of Christmas Trees within the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries) after the holiday. Beginning Wednesday, December 26, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations must be removed.

Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at three locations. Two of the three drop-off sites will also instantly recycle trees in to mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use.

Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. Trees picked up from curbside will also be recycled but not offered as mulch. All lights and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are set out or dropped off.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is available.

Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Wednesday, December 26 only, and only at the Hubbard’s Lane site.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • East District Recycling Center
    • 595 N. Hubbards Lane
    • December 26 – 29, January 2
  • Southwest Government Center
    • 7219 Dixie Highway
    • December 26 – 29, January 2
  • Waste Reduction Center
    • 636 Meriwether Avenue (Drop-off only. Mulch is not available.)
    • Through January 31

Leaf Drop Off 2018

Louisville Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection will have the option to dispose of them at one of three drop-off sites beginning November 6.

Metro Public Works is offering a free leaf drop-off service November 6 through December 1. Drop-off will not be available on November 22 and 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

Leaf drop off sites:

  • Public Works Yard – 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
    • Tuesday – Saturday   9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Public Works East District Operations Center – 595 Hubbards Lane
    • Tuesday – Saturday   9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Public Works Waste Reduction Center – 636 Meriwether Avenue
    • Tuesday – Friday   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday   9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Yard Waste Collection Suspended

Yard waste collection in the Urban Services District of Louisville Metro (the former City of Louisville boundaries) is now on seasonal shutdown. Regular collection on yard waste routes is suspended until March 12.

Seasonal suspension of yard waste collection was done on a two-week trial basis in 2017 and found to be successful. Because of that success, yard waste collection will go on seasonal shutdown annually from January 1 until the middle of March.

The shutdown is possible because yard waste collection volumes are very low in the winter months. It allows Metro Public Works to direct additional resources to the effort to clear our streets and roads, including interstate highways, of litter in advance of spring along with other solid waste activities.

During the suspension period, citizens should not put yard waste out for collection. Any yard waste problems should be reported as usual to MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. Those calls will be handled on an as needed basis rather than running crews fulltime on routes across the city.

There will be no garbage, junk, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, January 15 within the Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.

Collection will resume Tuesday, January 16 and will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. (Example: residents that have a Monday pickup will have collection on Tuesday.)

Residents serviced by private companies for waste and recycling collection should check with those companies for the holiday schedule.

The following facilities will also be closed Saturday, January 13:

  • All staffed recycling centers
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue
    • EXCEPT that Electronics Drop-off Service is available 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • HAZ BIN, the hazardous waste drop-off facility, 7501 Grade Lane

For more information visit www.louisvilleky.gov/recycling or dial MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Metro Public Works will provide curbside pickup of Christmas Trees within the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries) after the holiday. Beginning Tuesday, December 26, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations must be removed.

Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at three locations. Two of the three drop-off sites will also instantly recycle trees in to mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use.

Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. Trees picked up from curbside will also be recycled but not offered as mulch. All lights and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are set out or dropped off.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is available.

Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Tuesday, December 26 only, and only at the Hubbard’s Lane site.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS

  • East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Lane (Bring containers to take home fresh mulch.)
    • December 26 – 29, January 2
    • Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway (Bring containers to take home fresh mulch.)
    • December 26 – 29, January 2
    • Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Waste Reduction Center – 636 Meriwether Avenue (Tree drop-off only. Mulch is not available at this location.)
    • Through January 31
    • Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Electronics Recycling

Don’t throw away that old television, computers or other electronic device that’s you just replaced. Let Metro Public Works recycle those newly obsolete devices instead.

Free post-holiday electronics drop-off service is available at our Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue. Drop-off will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on these three Saturdays: January 6, January 13 and January 20.

The special holiday promotion is in addition to our regular year round electronics recycling program. Details on the regular program are available on our website at https://louisvilleky.gov/recycling.

Mayor Greg Fischer cut the ribbon for the grand opening of a new Metro Public Works Operations Center designed  to improve efficiency by centralizing operations from three separate locations into one site.

The Operations Center, at 3507 Newburg Road, replaces an outdated Central District facility of the Roads and Operations Division of Public Works; brings the Signs & Markings team together on one floor; and brings Electrical Maintenance storage, which was split in three locations, into a single site.

Critical daily functions, such as road and traffic signal maintenance, fabrication and installation of all traffic signs and road markings, along with snow removal, are performed or supported at the Operations Center, which will also function as the Public Works Emergency Command Center during major incidents.

Creation of the $4.5 million Operations Center is part of Mayor Fischer’s overall facilities needs planning, which also calls for using the old Central District site for construction of a new Louisville Metro Animal Services’ Care Center to replace an outdated center on Manslick Road. Plans for the new animal care facility, which will be next to the city’s Animal House Adoption Center, are still under development.

Mayor Fischer said, “Coordinating development of these facilities shows how we can leverage existing resources to create more efficient services for citizens and better working conditions for city employees.”

The six-acre Operations Center complex includes a 14,400-square-foot operations building, a 10,920-square-foot storage building, an open storage yard, and a salt dome that can house 5,000 tons of road salt — a 67 percent increase over the 3,000-ton dome of the old facility. Salt also can be loaded into the dome from the top via an automatic conveyor system that is much more efficient than the old system of using multiple truck runs to dump salt on the floor.

Electrical power to the complex is backed up by an external generator. There is also above ground diesel fuel storage for emergency use. The truck standby parking area includes a plug-in rail to warm diesel engines for more efficient cold weather operation.

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