Dec 29 2016

Glass recycling will no longer be available in 2017. Eff. Jan. 1, 2017, the City of Alcoa will no longer accept glass in curbside recycling. The City of Maryville will no longer accept glass at the recycling centers effective Feb. 1, 2017. Glass is not accepted at the Blount County recycling centers.

According to the Maryville Daily Times, “equipment is being highly damaged by broken glass and co-mingled colored glass has no market anymore.” ... "the cost of processing and transporting recycled glass is substantially higher than the return it provides in the market. " Recycling providers are no longer taking glass locally.

In addition, in the City of Alcoa, we found that a lot of the items we had been recycling are actually not acceptable. For example,

Bubble Wrap
Food soiled paper products (such as pizza boxes)
Glass - no type of glass is accepted for recycling effective January 1, 2017
Hardback Books
Plastic takeout containers and utensils
Waxed Cartons (example: orange juice and chicken broth cartons

We were surprised to find out some of these items are not acceptable, especially bubble wrap, pizza boxes, plastic takeout containers and utensils, Styrofoam, and waxed cartons. Our recycling will definitely decrease.

Here is a list for the City of Alcoa of Acceptable and Unacceptable recyclable items. Here is a list of Acceptable recyclable items for the City of Maryville. Maryville has one recycling center. Here is a list of the Blount County recycling centers and the Acceptable items.

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