Blount recycling opportunities abound
By Joel Davis | (email@example.com)
Blount County residents have more recycling options than they might think.The topic of recycling came to the fore recently with the city of Maryville’s decision to open its convenience drop-off centers to city residents only.
The Blount County Commission has established an ad hoc committee to study the matter, but Keep Blount Beautiful Executive Director Charlene DeSha hopes that residents will be made aware of existing opportunities in the meantime.
“There are actually 12 sites for where county residents can recycle — where anyone can,” she said. “Most are listed at our website at http://www.keepblountbeautiful.org . Most of the sites are run by Spectra Recycling. There is also a recycling center located at the landfill.”
DeSha was named to the county’s ad hoc recycling committee. “I’m excited that the County Commission has taken this on, and we’re very excited to be part of the committee. That says a lot about the County Commission and how they view KBB and how important we are to the community.”
Recycling is an important tactic in keeping down disposal costs for trash. “Our job as KBB is to help reduce waste going into the landfill to help it last longer. So recycling and reducing and reusing are the three main ways to help reduce waste going into our landfill. That’s one of the reasons that recycling is important to our county.”
Extending the life of the landfill is important not only from an ecological perspective but to save money for future generations. Landfills are expensive. “If we do not do these three things, our children will have to be the ones to find a place to put our trash,” DeSha said.
The City of Maryville is moving forward with plans to monitor its trash recycling centers and allow only city residents to use them starting April 1. Using a combination of city staff and temporary employees, centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and will be closed on Sundays.
In addition to proof of residency, staff will monitor for compliance of types of materials accepted and proper use of containers. When recycling bins are close to capacity, staff will contact the hauler, RockTenn in Knoxville, to have them transported.
Additionally, council agreed to close the Fairpark center on East Broadway Avenue.
In March 2012, the city and local recycler RockTenn created a partnership to allow for single-stream recycling. Changing to single stream offered a more convenient option to the recycling public and allowed for more types of materials. Prior to this change, residents had to sort their recycling materials when delivering them to the centers.