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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Knoxville Wins Cans For Cash Contest
USCM City Recycling Challenge
Aluminum Can Recycling Info
City Recycling Info
Keep Knoxville Beautiful
Knoxville Recycling Coalition
Residents urged to recycle and win cash for the city- Nov. 11, 2004
UT Recycles, UT Cares
January 27, 2005 - The City of Knoxville won $5,000 and first-place in its division in the Cans for Cash: City Recycling Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Novelis Inc.

The program challenged like-sized cities to compete against each other in can collection for four $5,000 awards each, and resulted in the collection of nearly 60 tons of cans in Knoxville during the first two weeks in November.

"This award is a tribute to the community working together to promote awareness for aluminum can recycling," Mayor Bill Haslam. "The City will use the prize money to continue to build awareness that it pays off to recycle - both economically and environmentally."

Cans for Cash Winners Cans For Cash Winners:
(L to R) Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCroy recognizes Cans For Cash Winners Odessa Mayor Larry Melton and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam during the Environmental Committee Meeting. Brenda Pulley, Corporate and Governmental Affairs Novelis Incorporated and Assistant EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson also congratulate the winners.

The City of Knoxville created a two-week event called the Great Knoxville Can Pile Up, and worked with non-profit organizations, local schools, government agencies, businesses, and the media to increase can collection during this time period.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful coordinated a contest among fraternities and sororities at the University of Tennessee for the most cans collected. The City of Knoxville and Knox County Solid Waste sponsored a similar contest for Knox County schools. Local television and radio stations promoted the collection with public service announcements. Other sponsors of the event were Habitat for Humanity, Philip Metals, SP Recycling, and Tennessee Metals.

The city won in the Division Two category for cities with populations between 100,000 and 249,999.

Recycling is always a convenient alternative for Knoxville residents. Waste Connections, the City's garbage collector, picks up recyclable items for a nominal fee.

The City operates free drop-off centers at the following locations:

Kroger Stores
2217 Broadway - Broadway Shopping Center: More Info | Get Directions
5003 Broadway - Fountain City: More Info | Get Directions
5425 Clinton Hwy:. More Info | Get Directions
4440 Western Ave. at Clinton - I-640 Plaza: More Info | Get Directions
4918 Kingston Pike - Knox Plaza: More Info | Get Directions
9395 Kingston Pike - behind Market Place: More Info | Get Directions

Goodwill Collection Centers
225 W. Moody Ave: More Info | Get Directions
Corner of Magnolia Ave. & Alice - across from Chilhowee Park: More Info | Get Directions

Food City Stores
5941 Kingston Pike: More Info | Get Directions
2939 Alcoa Hwy: More Info | Get Directions
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