November 28, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam announced
today that the City of Knoxville earned a first place national award
in the National City Recycling Challenge for collecting 182,672 pounds
of aluminum cans to be recycled.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Novelis Inc, sponsors of the
challenge, awarded the City of Knoxville with $5,000 to use for
future recycling efforts.
"Knoxville residents are enthusiastic about keeping Knoxville
the beautiful city that it is," said Mayor Bill Haslam. "Maintaining
a city's beauty requires a continued community effort. Earning this
award for the second consecutive year proves that Knoxville citizens
have that kind of commitment."
private and public recycling facilities in Knoxville worked in collaboration
for the Cans for Cash Challenge, which took place Sept. 1-15.
More than 100 million aluminum cans were collected nationwide this
year, which made for a 73 percent increase for the campaign.
Last year, the City of Knoxville used its $5,000 award to boost
other recycling programs such as the U.S. flag disposal program
and the computer and phonebook recycling programs. Money was also
used for its Earth Day celebration, which is dedicated to increasing