Keep Blount Beautiful to distribute recycling totes at Farmers’ Market
From Staff Reports
Keep Blount Beautiful will be giving away 6-gallon recycling totes beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Maryville Farmers’ Market, New Providence Presbyterian Church, while supplies last.
ALCOA Inc. donated the totes to Keep Blount Beautiful through the ALCOA Tennessee Operations employee aluminum can recycling program.
ALCOA employees have been recycling the cans they use at work. The money earned by recycling employees’ cans is donated to Keep Blount Beautiful to help the organization spread the recycling message throughout the community.
Since April of this year, ALCOA employees have recycled more than 6,700 pounds of used beverage containers and have donated $1,910 to Keep Blount Beautiful. The bins being given away were purchased with those funds.
“ALCOA employees care about recycling. They understand how important it is for their families and the community to recycle,” said Charlene DeSha, coordinator for Keep Blount Beautiful.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with ALCOA to distribute these new bins, which are the perfect size for use in your pantry or under the sink, to the residents of Blount County.”
Reducing litter and conserving landfill space are not the only benefits of recycling, according to DeSha.
“It is also an important key to slowing and stopping the growth of greenhouse gases caused by power generation and here in Blount County — recycling aluminum cans protects jobs — ALCOA’s Tennessee Operations is home to one of the largest can recycling facilities in the country,” she said.
For more information about Keep Blount Beautiful call 865-681-4809 or visit the website at http://www.keepblountbeautiful.org .