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State and Local Agencies Observe America Recycles Day November 15th

 

Encourage All Tennesseans to Take Part and Reduce Waste

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – America Recycles Day is Tuesday, November 15th, and the Department of Environment and Conservation is joining other state, county and city agencies across Tennessee, providing several opportunities for citizens to reduce waste and make a difference.

“I Recycle is the 2011 theme of America Recycles Day and millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.  “With more than 100 events across the state, I encourage all Tennesseans to join these efforts and make a commitment to better protect and preserve our natural resources by reducing our waste stream.”

State agencies such as TDOT, TDEC and TWRA will partner with Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the Tennessee Recycling Coalition, joining an impressive roster of county and city governments, non-profits and local schools on a number of projects throughout the state ranging from charitable drives to recycling opportunities.  These projects are designed to encourage employees and residents of the Volunteer State to both reduce individual waste production and to recycle as much waste as possible.  Visit www.americarecyclesday.org to find a listing of events in your area.

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15th to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.

State Employee Recycling Program

TDEC also is hosting several State Employee Recycling Program informational booths during the week of November 14th at locations throughout the Nashville area, designed to educate state employees on the importance of recycling. Collection boxes will be available for the following items:  cell phones, rechargeable batteries, inkjet cartridges, compact discs and eye glasses.

Locations Include:

  • Monday, November 14th:  Tennessee Wildlife Recycling Agency – Lobby (440 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN 37211)
  • Tuesday, November 15th : L&C Tower – 17th Floor Conference Room (401 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37243)
  • Wednesday, November 16th:  TennCare Building – Break Room (310 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228)
  • Thursday, November 17th:  James K. Polk Building – Lobby (500 Deadrick Street, Nashville, TN 37219)
  • Friday, November 18th:  Tennessee Tower – 4th Floor Employee Entrance  (312 Rosa Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN 37243)

In addition, TDEC’s eight Environmental Field Offices will host ARD events for state employees including informational guest presentations by various companies such as Lodge, Temple-Inland, Jackson Kayak and Maggie Bags. These companies will discuss the economic importance of waste reduction and recycling – highlighting aspects of re-manufacturing and recycled products in the state. 

In addition, examples of recycled products manufactured in Tennessee will be on display throughout the day.


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