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TDEC announces new recycling hub in Roane County

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 11:30am

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)’s Division of Solid and Waste Management announced today a new recycling hub in Roane County – a project funded by the TDEC Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants Program.

The creation of the new hub will help establish collaborative efforts between Roane County and its spoke communities to increase recycling in the region.

“We are very excited to announce the new recycling hub in Roane County,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “This location will become the backbone for collaboration between local and county governments and other groups to increase recycling in the region.”

A hub and spoke recycling hub is a recycling collection and processing system operated by three or more local governments, solid waste planning regions, counties and municipalities, solid waste authorities, or nonprofit recycling organizations. The groups work together to increase recycling volumes, minimize operational costs and increase revenues generated for materials collected.

 “Roane County is excited to work with the state, surrounding counties, cities and schools as we continue to move forward in our phased recycling program,” said County Executive Ron Woody.  “Our partnership with TDEC through the Hub and Spoke grant has been instrumental in elevating our recycling program to the next level. We look forward to continued cooperation with all our partners.”

TDEC began distributing hub and spoke recycling grants in 2011 to increase recycling across the state through cooperative partnerships among solid waste planning regions, counties and municipalities. Partners determine their own activities to reduce operational costs, promote recycling and increase revenues for local governments participating in the partnerships.

For more information about recycling equipment grants, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/solid-waste/solid-waste_grants.shtml

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