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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
New Household Recycling Campaign Launches
Household Curbside Recycling Program
75 - 80% of household garbage
in Knoxville can be recycled!
Do Your Part with the Cart Brochure [PDF]
April 21, 2011 - Knoxville Mayor, Daniel Brown, announced today the launch of the City's new household curbside recycling campaign and sign-ups are already underway!

"Earth Day is tomorrow - what a great time for people to sign up for this new program," says David Brace, deputy director of public service for the City. "Our research shows that 75-80% of Knoxville's household garbage can be recycled, and this is a direct way to make an impact."

The program features:

*No sorting - all recyclables go in the cart together
*A rolling cart will be provided in September
*Pick up at the curb every other week will begin in October
*No additional charge to City residents
*RecycleBank - participants can earn points toward discounts on goods and services through this rewards program
*Initially, the program is for the first 20,000 households to sign up

Citizens can sign up by visiting www.doyourpartwiththecart.com or by calling 311.

The City of Knoxville has been working for several years on a plan for a single-stream, curbside recycling program in response to numerous requests to increase recycling options for its citizens, and in an attempt to reduce landfill use.

Households in the City limits of Knoxville that receive weekly garbage collection are eligible for the program. Apartments of more than four units are not eligible for this program but may continue to use the drop centers for their recycling needs.

Current subscription customers of the Waste Connections household curbside recycling program who live in the City limits will automatically be included in the new program with the City.

Residents in the Central Business Improvement District (CBID) will have single stream location options and do not need to sign up for the program. Details will be communicated by the City and the CBID.

When the cart is delivered in September, details on the following will be included:

*List of recyclable items that can be included in the cart
  • Plastics: plastic bottles, plastic jugs, milk jugs, detergent containers,
    all plastic containers #1-7
  • Metals: aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans
  • Glass: glass bottles, glass jars (brown, clear, green only)
  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cereal boxes, cardboard
  • Do not include: aluminum foil, batteries, ceramics, dishes, electronics, food waste, hazardous waste, light bulbs, medical waste, mirrors, plastic bags, shrink wrap, styrofoam, trash, window glass, or yard waste.
    *Pick-up schedule (every other week)
    *RecycleBank rewards program
    *How to take care of your cart
    *Other details pertaining to recycling and the new program

    Citizens are encouraged to sign-up and to tell their friends and family about this new opportunity.

    More details on the program can be found on the web site at www.doyourpartwiththecart.com.
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