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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor
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For Immediate Release
Sign Up for Curbside Recycling Now
Household Curbside Recycling Program
May 20, 2011 - Knoxville City Council approved resolutions authorizing the city's new household curbside single stream recycling program Tuesday - the final legislative step necessary before the program begins in October.

To date nearly 9,000 Knoxville households have signed up to participate in the program that is being offered at no additional cost to those who choose to use the new service.

Key components of the program include the City providing a large cart in which all recyclables go together - no sorting required - with the materials being picked up at the curb every other week. The program will initially be offered to the first 20,000 households that sign-up.

During its Tuesday meeting, Council approved the contract between the City of Knoxville and Waste Connections of Tennessee, Inc., which will pick up the recyclable materials; authorized the purchase of thousands of 96-gallon recycling containers households will use for recycling; and eliminated the current non-medical backdoor garbage collection inequity by the city beginning later this year.

In addition, a contract was approved for RockTenn to process the recyclable materials.

A variety of cost saving measures in the solid waste department, some federal grant funds and the savings from eliminating backdoor garbage collection for those who do not have a medical need, will help fund the recycling program.

Currently, approximately 14,700 homes in Knoxville have backdoor service, while the remaining 43,000 households bring their garbage to the curb each week.

This has been a service inequity where a small percent of customers receive an extra service but all citizens pay for the additional costs. Starting October 1, only households with an application for backdoor garbage service on file with the City will continue to have the service at no additional charge.

"We're pleased that City Council approved these measures needed to officially move forward with the curbside recycling program that so many Knoxville residents have wanted," said David Brace, deputy director of the city's Public Service Department. "Many folks have been working for over four years to get to the city to this point and we're really excited about rolling out curbside recycling this fall."

"Improved recycling services will divert more usable materials from the landfill and will provide a usable commodity for area and regional manufacturers. Curbside recycling makes recycling easy and ultimately will provide cost savings to the City as fuel costs continue to rise," he added.

The single-stream, curbside model makes recycling as easy as throwing away the trash since residents will no longer have to separate recyclable items. Instead they would simply place the recyclable items into the cart, which will be picked up at their curb every other week by Waste Connections.

Garbage collection will remain a weekly service.

Residents can sign up for the new curbside recycling program at www.doyourpartwiththecart.com. They can also sign up by simply calling 311.

Los ciudadanos pueden obtener más información sobre el programa, o inscribirse en él, visitando www.doyourpartwiththecart.com. También pueden inscribirse, simplemente llamando al 3-1-1.

 

 

 

 

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