Recycling for Businesses

**January 2014: Exciting changes are on the way for many Louisville
Metro-serviced businesses located in the Central Business District. 
Learn more here.**

A message from Mayor Greg Fischer:

Mayor Greg FischerMy administration has a goal to make Louisville a nationwide leader in recycling and sustainability practices.  We have set targets to increase the amount of material diverted from our landfill by 25% over the next three years and achieve a 90% diversion rate within 30 years — and we need your help to get there! 

This webpage is intended for business owners and property managers and provides resources and tools for launching a recycling program.  Here, you will find a list of licensed recycling companies, a waste audit template, and a “launch pack” that was used to initiate Louisville Metro Government’s own desk-side recycling program! 

If you are seeking more information or have additional questions, let us know how we can help!  We can provide you with all the resources you need to initiate a business recycling program, and will work with you to analyze your waste stream and identify recycling options that may lead to cost savings for your business.   If you have questions, call MetroCall, at 311 or (502) 574-5000, to get an advisor assigned to your business.   

Keeping our environment healthy and reducing landfill waste is serious business.  Please do your part in helping Louisville become a greener and more sustainable city.  Together, we can make a difference – for our community, our planet, and our future!

Mayor Greg Fischer

Louisville Metro is serious about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Not only is it better for our environment and community, it can be better for your business too. Even small solutions can draw attention to the value of conserving resources and help save you money. Here are a few options:

  • Implement policies that promote the reduction of waste: utilize double-sided printing, purchase reusable or refillable products, make training manuals available electronically.
  • Set up a program to donate unwanted equipment, furniture, and supplies.
  • Reduce unnecessary packaging and work with customers to implement a packaging return program
  • Reuse transport containers and boxes
  • Recycle.  In most businesses, well over 50% of the stuff that is thrown away is recyclable.

For more solutions, check out the local case studies to see what some local Louisville businesses are doing to help the environment and their bottom line.

Louisville Metro Government is leading by example and we encourage other businesses to do the same. In September 2012, all Metro-managed buildings implemented a recycling program that has increased the amount of recyclables collected by over 50%. As a result, Louisville Metro has reduced its trash hauling bill by sending much less material to the landfill. You can do the same!

Check out the following links to see what other steps you can take to make your business more sustainable!

Recycling FAQs - More information about the basics of recycling.

Waste Audit Form (Excel 2007 File) -The first step in learning how your business can reduce waste.

Desk-side Recycling Launch Pack -Everything you need to start up your own Desk-side Recycling Program.

Local Case Studies -Read how other area businesses are going green and reducing waste.

Recycling Resource List - A complete listing of recycling resources in and around Louisville.