February 15, 2017
If you are Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer or an environmental advocate you might be looking at the latest legislative effort to meddle in public policy in Kentucky’s largest city as if it were a monster that just doesn’t seem to die. Dracula? Chucky? Michael Myers in Halloween?
Fischer in his first term made getting rid of a loophole that had allowed huge volumes of yard waste be sent to the landfill, even though that practice had prohibited years ago. The plastic bags contaminated the yard waste, so it ended up being dumped as “alternative daily cover” instead of being recycled into compost. When the plastic bag went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, it was among his biggest environmental achievements in his first term. The ban was imposed by the local solid waste board with the mayor’s backing. That came after two failed attempts to get Metro Council to pass an ordinance.