Recycling figures announced

Some figures from the curbside recycling program, which started in Knoxville a year ago, from a city release:

  • 5,396.49 tons of materials collected for recycling.
  • 20,000 households participating in the city.
  • An additional 3,091.73 tons at city drop off centers.
  • The city also has a recycle bank where residents can earn points toward discounts and such at national retailers.

There is plenty more here that can be found in the release, but here’s what you can and cannot recycle in Knoxville:


Plastics: plastic bottles, plastic jugs, milk jugs, detergent containers,

Plastic containers #1-7 with the exception of Styrofoam

Metals: aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans. No other metal is accepted

Glass: bottles, glass jars (brown, clear, green only)

Paper: newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cereal boxes, cardboard, and shredded paper (shredded paper should be placed in a paper bag to prevent scattered pieces)

Do not recycle:

aluminum foil, aluminum or steel frying pans, batteries, ceramics, dishes, electronics, food waste, hazardous waste, light bulbs, medical waste, mirrors, plastic bags, shrink wrap, Styrofoam, trash, window or plate glass, yard waste, Christmas decorations or lights, water hoses. (Even though Styrofoam is classified as a #6 plastic it is not processed for recycling in this area by any company and cannot be placed in the recycling carts at this time.)


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A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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