Reader would like to see more recycling in city, county

Published 9:59 am Tuesday, January 23, 2024

To the Editor:
I was appalled to read that Tennessee is 48th in overall recycling of packaging and other materials. I learned this from reading an article in this newspaper concerning the State Legislation’s recycling focus.
But I am now more encouraged that Elizabethton (and perhaps Carter County) could work diligently to relieve the excess waste in the landfill from un-recycled items. I hope the State Legislation will provide communities with grants or other funding assistance for equipment and employees. I truly believe that if recycling was picked up curbside from residents (and perhaps businesses) the recycling program here would be much more successful.
I see quite a few garbage bins overflowing. Many also pile up a significant amount of boxes from mail orders or local purchases. Having the opportunity to recycle curbside appropriately and conveniently, should significantly reduce the amount accumulating at the landfill.
Eastman Chemical Company bragged in the news a few years ago that they are able to recycle plastics into polymers. Has anyone tried to negotiate with them for local plastic containers, etc.? I encourage the Elizabethton Star to poll its readers as to whether residents would be more inclined to recycle if offered a curbside opportunity. I also encourage the city/county to explore the state’s possible financial assistance to communities for this effort.

Rose Klix
Elizabethton

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