According to John Homa, solid waste specialist for the City of
Knoxville, recycling those books saved 168 cubic yards of landfill
space, 1,717 trees from having to be planted or cut for paper products,
saved 303 barrels of oil, or 5,816 gallons of gasoline, and kept
22,321 pounds of carbon dioxide from polluting the air in one year.
"This is a great effort that provides major environmental
benefits," Haslam said, "including saving existing resources
as well as helping limit the amount of pollutants into the environment.
Individuals can drop off old phone books, AT&T phone books as
well as other companies books, at schools, though they should check
with the school first to see if it is participating in the effort.
Individuals and businesses can also make arrangements to directly
deliver large numbers of books off, on behalf of particular schools,
to the recycling company Advance Polymer Recycling, 200 W. Springdale
off of Central and they are open M - F from 7:30 - 4:30. If possible,
encourage the businesses to call ahead before bringing their books
They need to inform the schools of the number of books they drop
off so those schools can credit that number to their total.
January 31, 2008, is the last day for books to be collected for