What's Wrong With The City Recycle Program? - And Response (2)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Being new to recycling, I have lots to learn.  I rely on 311 and the attendants at the neighborhood collection centers to assist in building my knowledge.  

Recently, I had an experience that makes me reconsidered my recycling efforts.  I loaded up my car, called 311 to verify what I could take, only to be blocked by the attendant at my neighborhood collection center. The 311 operator said yes to my items, including grocery store bags marked #2. But once I got the to collection center, the attendant eagle eyed my items, and refused to allow me to place some of them in the bins, claiming those items were not allowed.  

When I returned home, I searched the Chattanooga.gov website under the recycling program, to verify what was allowed or not.  Items allowed were vague, and even more vague, what was not allowed.  I even dialed 311 and complained, and asked for further clarification of allowed items.  Sadly I was told grocery store bags are not allowed, nor plastic disposable drink cups marked #6 (curbside).  

To my understanding, neighborhood collection centers have different allowable items than does curbside collection. It appears curbside for plastics is #'s 1-7, and collection centers are only #'s 1 and 2.

Other than the 'normal' items, I want to recycle my plastic grocery store bags and plastic drink cups. When I called 311 and queried what the deal was with the grocery store bags, I was informed, they are not allowed, period. I even told the operator I verified grocery store bags were allowed, and was informed no they were not.  I even went as far as to tell the operator of a TFP article stating they were allowed in curbside from 2.9.2012 paragraph 4, along with a sidebar notation. 

This makes me wonder, why if I place appropriately marked items in my curbside recycle bin, why they will be just tossed in the trash.  Doesn't this defeat the purpose of recycling?  I can as easily toss these in the trash myself.  To me, as I am sure many others, items marked with the appropriate recycle number, should be allowed.  After all, isn't an item marked #6 or #2, the same as any other items marked the same? 

In the coming future, the city of Chattanooga will demand every city residence to recycle, if not, be subject to fines. Perhaps the city of Chattanooga should update their online data to reflect what is not allowed. Simply marking allowed recycle numbers is not accurate, apparently.

Rene A. Wood 

* * * 

The city of Chattanooga collects at your curbside every two weeks (if you live inside the city limits).  Many (most?) recycle centers are operated by Hamilton County.  The city and the county have different requirements.  311 is operated by Chattanooga for the city's programs. They wouldn't be able to tell you about Hamilton county's rules.  It's pretty simple, really. 

Of course it'd be simpler if we had one metro government and one recycle agency, but that'd make too much sense. 

Everett Kidder 

* * * 

As far as I know in the last seven years or so the city has never taken any plastic other than Type 1 and 2 with a closed neck. 

Nor have they taken grocery bags. However many stores do. Food Lion did as well as Bi-LO. Not sure about Wal-Mart or Publix but you could check. 

Also I believe the city runs the collection centers within the limits. 

R.W. Young


Roy Exum: The Facebook Starlet

The Pants Store, a toney women’s boutique in Birmingham’s Mountain Book community, held its annual Holiday Open House about a week or so and, as usual, the popular store was full of customers and holiday cheer. It was a festive gathering, fun for all, but as store employees cleaned up for the next day, they happened across an empty designer-shoe box and a brassiere somebody had ... (click for more)

Senator David Perdue: I Have Heard Every Excuse Under The Sun - And Response

Here we go again. For the 19th consecutive year, Washington has not funded the federal government on time. As the current continuing resolution is expiring in the midnight hour, Congress is once again trying to pass a temporary fix three months after the beginning of the current fiscal year. This is ridiculous. In fact, Congress has only completed the full budget process four ... (click for more)

Tennessee Members Of Congress Urge President To Approve Federal Disaster Assistance For Tennessee Counties

Members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation on Saturday urged President Obama to quickly approve Governor Haslam’s request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Tennessee to help five Tennessee counties impacted by wildfires and severe weather in November rebuild and recover. “Governor Bill Haslam has submitted a request for Public Assistance and Individual ... (click for more)

Grohn Says Integrity And Ethics Lacking In Berke Administration

Mayoral candidate Larry Grohn criticized controversies and instability coming from the mayor’s administration as a sign of unethical leadership and a lack of integrity. He said, "These scandals lay out the simple fact that it is time for new leadership which is accountable to the people." Councilman Grohn’s criticism comes after the independent auditor’s release of a memorandum ... (click for more)

Cleveland Shocks Bradley To Win Cleveland Duals

CLEVELAND – There have been a lot of positive and memorable experiences for the Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team in recent years, but they’ll have a tough time topping the one they had in their own gym Saturday. Hosting the annual Cleveland Duals and certainly a team considered one of the pre-tournament favorites, the Blue Raiders beat three of the top four teams in the state, ... (click for more)

Heights Rallies For 72-67 Victory Over Athlete Institute

Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 26 points Saturday as Hamilton Heights rallied for a hard-fought 72-67 victory against Athlete Institute of Canada in the Buckeye Elite Showcase in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Hawks (7-2) built a 19-16 first-quarter lead, but fell behind 40-32 at halftime and still trailed 58-49 going into the fourth period at Portsmouth ... (click for more)