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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville is setting goals when it comes to going green.
Mayor Greg Fischer says the city-wide goal is to increase recycling by 25 percent within three years, and divert 90 percent of solid waste from the landfill in 30 years.
This morning, Mayor Fischer announced a new recycling program for Metro government buildings. He signed an executive order launching the new recycling initiative.
Metro employees will no longer have a regular trash can in the office.
"This means at each employee's desk, there will no longer be a trash can," Mayor Fischer said. "Non-recyclables will have to be taken to a designated spot on each floor of a government building."
The program kicks off on Monday in the Mayor's office and the Metro Development Center on South 5th Street. It will not cost Metro Government, according to a news release, but it is expected to save taxpayer dollars by keeping recyclables out of the landfill. The city must pay to take trash to the landfill, but it sells recycling and makes money.
The goal is to have all Metro buildings using this recycling program by the end of the year.