In observance of Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th, 2018, our office will be closed; the trash and recycling pick ups will run on a one day delay.

 For example Tuesday’s services will run on Wednesday and Wednesday's services will run on Thursday throughout the week.

 

 Please have your trash and/or recycling out between 6-7am for pick up day for us to service you, again trash and recycle will run on a one day delay for Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec 25th.

***WCI offices will also be closed on Tuesday January 1st 2019, there will be NO DELAY for any collection services.***

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Waste Connections of Tennessee

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Zoo Knoxville and Waste Connections Teamed Up

Even though most Americans have access to recycling programs, less than 10 percent of the single-use plastic items produced in the United States are recycled.

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October 5 Deadline for Good Sports Challenge

In 1993, a new, sustainable tradition emerged from the recycle bins around Neyland Stadium and the Good Sports program was born. Since that time, the Good Sports program has expanded across campus, making an impact at the University of Tennessee, and through its School Challenge, with schools and students across the state.

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Grasscycling Improves Your Yard

An immaculate yard is something many homeowners strive to achieve. While some obstacles deter the accomplishment of having the best lawn in the neighborhood, there is one simple and green technique that is sure to bring life to your lawn.

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Recycle Eyeglasses

Everyone can get involved in the effort to recycle eyeglasses and Change Lives, One Pair at a Time.

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Recycling Cardboard

To keep useful materials out of the landfill, Waste Connections in Knoxville encourages customers to flatten and recycle cardboard boxes unless it has been contaminated.

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Are Styrofoam Cups, Plates, and Bowls Recyclable?

Are Styrofoam cups, plates, and bowls recyclable? Not in this market, so please place Styrofoam items in the trash cart.

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Glass Not Allowed in Curbside Recycling

Beginning January, 1, 2017, glass will no longer be allowed in the curbside single stream carts. However, glass can be dropped at one of five locations citywide.

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Drop Off Christmas Lights for Recycling

It would be hard to imagine a holiday season without Christmas lights strung around the house and the tree. But after Christmas, sometimes it’s hard to imagine what to do with the tangled mess of lights that seems to grow with each passing year.

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November 15 is America Recycles Day

Tuesday, November 15 is America Recycles Day – a national initiative to encourage recycling and local recycling events.

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Recycling Metal Cans

The can's distinguished history began in 1795 when the French government, led by Napoleon, offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could invent a method of preserving food for its army and navy.

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Recycling your CDs & DVDs

There was a time, not so long ago when portable cassettes, CD players and MP3 players were hot items on the market. Now we rely on digital streaming services and our smartphones to play the music and videos we enjoy. Because technology is always changing, it seems we are perpetually buying the lastest and greatest electronic gadgets to accommodate our lifestyle. So, what do you do with all those old CD’s and DVD’s?

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Even the “little things,” can make a big impact when you repurpose

We all strive to be environmentally conscience. But some things are easier than other to know what to do with when it comes to disposal. While thinking in an environmentally conscious manner includes recycling and it also includes repurposing things that you might normally throw away. It’s easy to find second uses for items like plastic bottles, pallets, furniture, clothes, and many other household items. Repurposing comes in many shapes and forms, some practical, some crafty and some genius! But we can also apply this practice to smaller and seemingly insignificant items like silica gel packets.

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Cell phone disposal tips

New cell phones come out faster than ever now and the demand for new products has people scrambling to get the newest phone faster than their friends. So how do you properly get rid of your cell phone in an economic way? Here are a few tips to properly dispose of your phone.

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Waste Connections University of Tennesse Tailgate Truck

With summer winding down, football season is right around the corner and that means it’s time to break out grills, the blankets and grab your game day gear! Just like you, Waste Connections of Tennessee is ready to tailgate! Bring your spirit and join us with a visit to our tailgate truck! We encourage all Tennessee fans to support the Orange and White by going green! Be mindful of how you are disposing of your tailgate party waste and remember to recycle. The Waste Connections of Tennessee's Tailgate Truck will be beside the Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville for these University of Tennessee (UT) home games:


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Can I recycle that?

You may think, if it’s plastic or cardboard, it can be recycled. But with plastic coatings and other resins used in commercial packaging, some materials that seem recyclable may not. Here is a list of commonly used items that are not recyclable.

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Deconstruct wood pallets for your wood furniture projects

In the world of upcycling, the shipping pallet is the star. Is there anything you can’t make with these things? It seems fitting that this unsung hero of the shipping industry gets its due somewhere.

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City of Alcoa celebrates 20 years of curbside recycling

Wes Wade via thedailytimes.com

The city of Alcoa is marking a milestone for its curbside recycling program, which is entering its 20th year in operation.

The 20-year anniversary for Alcoa’s conversion to curbside solid waste and recycling collection is Saturday.

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Upcycle Candles For a Fragrant Spring Cleaning

As you de-clutter and wash away the stuffiness of winter, are you finding a collection of used or nearly done scented candles around your home? What do you do when there is only a little bit left of your favorite scent? Maybe you have a collection left over from the holidays, or even some from last summer. Instead of throwing them out, consolidate your collection by re-melting your used candles to create a beautiful layered look.

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What does the number on plastic mean?

Have you ever looked at the bottom of your old plastic containers and wondered what the number surrounded by the circle of arrows could possibly mean? The Resin Identification Coding System was developed in 1988 to classify plastics into different recycling categories. Read on to learn not only what these numbers signify, but also what product the container you are tossing into the recycle bin could eventually become.

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Aluminum Can Recycling

Aluminum Can RecyclingAluminum cans make up a large percentage of the over 1.5 million tons of waste that the world accumulates each year. With the average American consuming approximately 380 cans of soda per year, more than 100 billion cans being consumed annually in the United States alone.  Sure, tossing your empty soda can into the trash after lunch may not seem like a big deal to some people, but last year this daily routine resulted in nearly 60 billion cans ending up in our nation’s landfills.


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