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Feb 25, 2014

Johnson City earns Tennessee Recycling Coalition honors

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition (TRC) at its annual conference in Franklin, Tenn., recently recognized Johnson City for 25 years of recycling.
“The agency and I commend Johnson City on 25 years of common sense environmental leadership in Tennessee,” said Bob Martineau, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation commissioner. “What began 25 years ago with the pioneer spirit of a community recognizing the value of recycling has become a city leading with thoughtful, innovative solutions that improve our shared environment and the overall quality of life for all residents.”
On February 27, 1989, Johnson City began curbside collection, serving 800 households. Today it is a robust program with 7,100 weekly collections at households, businesses, government offices, and schools. Johnson City continuously adds new commodities while expanding service offerings.
“When we started bringing recycling opportunities to the front door of every homeowner in the community 25 years ago, it was considered as a way to reduce society’s dependency on landfills and provide an opportunity for responsible environmental stewardship through each individual,” said Public Works Director Phil Pindzola. “Today, it has simply become a way of life. We are honored to be the first municipal program in the state, and someday we hope that it is not the first of many but rather first of all communities in the state.”
TRC President Gail Randolph added that recycling has many benefits beyond conservation.
“Recycling is a fiscally sound activity for the organizations as well as a boost to our local economies since the recycling value chain is a critical industry in Tennessee,” Randolph said.
The Tennessee Recycling Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting recycling and sustainable materials management practices. They are a coalition of industry, business, government, non-profits, and individuals networked together to raise recycling as the standard in Tennessee.

Eva Hunter, recycling marketing coordinator
Public Works – Solid Waste Services

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