Recycling Day helps keep Blount beautiful, clean

The day was just plain trashy.

Blount County residents turned out at the pavilion in the Bicentennial Greenbelt Park Saturday morning, March 12, and left 3,000 pounds of paper and 300 florescent light bulbs.

And everyone was happy.

It was Blount County Recycling Day, an event organized by Keep Blount Beautiful that gives folks the opportunity to recycle items that might otherwise have ended up in the landfill.

Keep Blount Beautiful executive director Charlene DeSha was happy with the turnout.

“It was really good,” she said. “We’re still trying to get information on the quantity of items recycled. Folks were excited to have a place to bring items.”

The executive director said they were able to take Styrofoam collections to be recycled. “That’s something that’s not been able to be recycled in the past. Also, a lot of people brought paper for shredding -- 3,000 pounds,” she said.

Smith and Hammaker provided the free certified document destruction, Desha said.

“The big thing we added that we had not had in fall was florescent light bulbs. We collected over 200 florescent light bulb tubes and 100 of the corkscrews. They all contain mercury and aren’t supposed to be in your trash. The county actually bought a recycler for those, so we were able to recycle them.”

DeSha recognized those who helped make the day a success. “A big ‘thank you’ goes out to the board members and volunteers who helped,” she said. “We were excited to have people there to help.”

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