Clean Collaborative

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In December 2020, Mayor Fischer's administration presented Metro Council a plan called the "Clean Collaborative" to improve the community's cleanliness. Metro Council approved funding for the effort in January 2021. The collaborative brings together stakeholders from across Louisville Metro to coordinate and maximize cleaning efforts. These stakeholders include:

  • Louisville Metro Public Works & Assets, which has worked on many cleanliness efforts such as urban and suburban street sweeping, litter hotspot cleanings, homeless camp cleanings, and more. 
  • Brightside and their volunteer community cleanups and anti-litter messaging.
  • Louisville Downtown Partnership,  which assists in maintaining the cleanliness in the downtown area.
  • Louisville Metro Codes & Regulations and their Vacant Lots Department.
  • Louisville Waste Management District, which annually receives $380,000 in grant funding which helps by providing extra litter collection along the interstates during the winter, inmate litter collection programs, supplies for litter cleanup events, and anti-litter education through Brightside.

A significant part of the Clean Collaborative is to assess the level of cleanliness along major arterial roadways. Assessments began in February 2021 and will continue throughout the initiative. Use the Cleanliness Assessment Map to view scores. Blue lines indicate routes that will be assessed in the future. 

The funding of $1.5 million was used to hire 13 employees and purchase equipment for the Department of Public Works to clean routes continuously throughout the entire year. The Interactive Data Dashboard will be used to track hand collection crews, street sweeping activities, and community cleanups through Brightside. 

Interactive Data Dashboard


How can I help?

  • Choose not to litter. Make a commitment to always dispose of your trash properly and set an example for others.
  • Report litter concerns to Metro311. Report online, call 311 or 574-5000, email [email protected], or tweet @LouMetro311.
  • Understand litter laws in Louisville Metro. Share this information with others.
  • If you see litter, pick it up! People tend to litter more in already littered areas.
  • Report a litterer online now.
  • Organize a neighborhood cleanup. Brightside offers resources for your group. 
  • Cover your loads! A lot of litter ends up on the highway because of waste not properly contained in trucks
  • Remove vehicle debris after an accident. When a wrecked vehicle is removed, the debris must be removed with it. 
  • Report materials that have been illegally dumped or "junk" set out on the wrong day to Metro311 or call 311 or 574-5000.
  • If you WITNESSED A PERSON illegally dumping and have information (pictures, license plate #, etc.) report it on our online form
  • If you hire someone to dispose waste for you, ask to see their Waste Hauler License and do not pay without a disposal receipt. Properly disposing of truckloads of material costs at least $50 - if you're charged less than that, be suspicious. Perpetrators will often take your money and illegally dump items to avoid the disposal fee. Drop off up to three household items for free at the Waste Reduction Center. (Disposal fees apply for additional items.)
  • Only set out large items during your scheduled set out period. Residents in the Urban Services District can sign up for set out reminders using the Recycle Coach app. Residents outside the Urban Services District should call their contracted waste hauler for information. 
  • Tips to prevent illegal dumping on your property
    • Keep your property well lit and clear of overgrown trees and shrubs.
    • Monitor your property - the presence of illegally dumped materials or large items set out too early attracts additional dumping.
    • Install security cameras - send your video or photos anonymously to us and enforcement officers can use identifying information to catch the perpetrator. 

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