Knox County’s 2012 America Recycles Day event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Town Mall parking lot just off Morrell Road. There will also be a medication collection at the event.
The theme for this year’s event is America Recycles Day: Dare to Recycle! At the event, attendees can speak to more than a dozen environmental organizations about where, how and why to recycle. There will be free giveaways, games and activities, including free document disposal by Goodwill Industries of Knoxville.
The Knoxville Police Department along with other members of the East Tennessee Regional Medication Collection Coalition will be on hand to collect and properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. The empty plastic and paper medicine containers will be recycled by Knox County Solid Waste.
Other activities happening on-site include:
- Knox County Solid Waste will announce the winner of the 2012 Get Caught Recycling promotion
- Goodwill will offer secure document disposal: there is no limit to how many documents residents can bring, and this may include items such as old tax files, billing statements, receipts or any other paper document that needs secure disposal
- The Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union will be on hand to provide free information on how long old documents should be kept and when it is appropriate to dispose of them
- The Knoxville Recycling Coalition will be giving away free recycling bins
- The City of Knoxville Solid Waste Office will sponsor a used mercury thermometer exchange
- Keep Knoxville Beautiful will have information on volunteer work and keeping our community clean
- The Water Quality Forum will be on hand to answer questions about water quality issues
- Waste Connections will be available to discuss curbside recycling and the Recycle Bank program
Other groups scheduled to be on site are Fort Loudon Lake Association, UnitedHealthcare, Walgreens and Keep Blount Beautiful.
America Recycles Day: Dare to Recycle is sponsored by the Knox County and City of Knoxville Solid Waste Offices, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Goodwill Industries of Knoxville, the Knoxville Recycling Coalition, Waste Connections, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Water Quality Forum, Fort Loudon Lake Association, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Eagle Distributing, Knology, WBIR and West Town Mall.