LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville joins forces with a private waste company to get more businesses downtown to recycle.

The wet-dry sorting system will place food, or so-called wet waste, into special brown carts.

"We use a lot of fresh produce and everything that is from Kentucky. It's good to have that cultivated back into the soil," said Allen Grimm, manager of Marketplace at Theatre Square.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he hopes to increase recycling rates in the downtown business district, which currently stand at 11 percent.

Fischer says he wants to get it up to 85 percent.

The dry waste -- paper, plastic and glass -- will continue to go into the larger orange carts.

QRS Recycling, the company working with the city, will measure its results.

"We actually are going to start auditing the trash next week to see how dry it's starting to become," said QRS spokesperson Kim Martinez.

The program is part of the city's plan to increase recycling across the city 25 percent by next year.

"We'll start with our businesses and encourage everyday citizens to do their part to help us recycle as well," said Councilman David Tandy (D-4).

"Any progressive growing city in the country right now is focused on sustainability. Not only is it good for business but it's the right thing to do for the environment, for our community at the same time," Mayor Fischer said.

It is the first program of its kind in the region and among a very few in the entire country.

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