Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Stop Litter
Reduce means to…
Look for brands that use less packaging
Avoid brands that do not use
packaging that can be recycled
Cut back on purchasing things you really don’t need and/or will quickly throw away
Reuse means to…
Buy used items
Donate or sell versus throw
that can be reused versus one-time use disposable items
Maintain and repair to delay the need to replace
Recycle means to…
Educate yourself on what’s recyclable and make the extra effort to do so
Look more closely at packaging before you purchase; avoid
brands with wasteful or non-recyclable packaging
Chose brands of manufactured goods that use materials
which will recycle when that item has reached the end of its useful life
Click Here to Download a Detailed
“City of Norris Recycle
Guide” REVISED JAN. 2015
(This full color Tri-fold Brochure
displays on screen as unfolded)
of “Single Stream Recycling”:
all goods to be recycled into a single curbside container which is taken back to the recycle processing center to be sorted
back out into the component parts; sorting takes place by a combination of hand and machine sorting. The component parts
then get sent off to the various purchasers of recycled goods.
The City of Norris contracts with Waste Connections of Tennessee
who subcontracts with RockTenn and they use the “Single Stream Recycling” system.
Items to Recycle in “Blue Bin” at Curbside
Waste Connections of Tennessee picks up within the city limits of Norris the following from your blue bins when put out “at curbside”:
office paper (even with staples, but remove paperclips); file folders; colored paper; window envelopes; newspaper & advertising
inserts; magazines; junk mail; phone books; paper bags; cereal boxes; toilet paper tubes; paper towel tubes
Corrugated Cardboard (flattened):
pieces no bigger than a cereal box at curbside (take larger sheets to the City’s Recycle Yard, 125 Cedar Place)
Cans (rinsed out): aluminum; steel
(rinsed out): plastic containers (OK to leave plastic caps on) codes #1
thru #7 (look for codes on the bottom of plastic containers); plastic CD cases
- Glass Containers (rinsed
out): ONLY clear, green, & brown colored containers are recyclable. All other colors
like blue, red, purple etc. cannot be recycled and must go into your trash container.
We strongly recommend taking your glass to the Norris Recycle Center, 125 Cedar
Place because glass recycled in your curbside bins gets broken, all the color get intermixed and cannot be safely
sorted into separate colors. There is very little demand in the marketplace for unsorted glass
which what happens to any glass you put into your curbside recycle bin.
- NOTE: Any container made out of mixed materials
like metal bottom & cardboard sides or paper sides & plastic top cannot be recycled unless
you can separate these materials. If you cannot separate them, they must be thrown into the trash.
That Cannot be Recycled at Curbside
Any soiled Glass
Container, Plastic Container or Paper/Cardboard items that are soiled with food scraps (put
into trash); The food contaminates the container.
Any coated paper that is bonded to foil or plastic unless you can easily tear it by hand (put into trash); Foil & plastic
contaminate the paper.
Styrofoam of any kind; Foam trays (even those labeled with a #6 or #7) (put
into trash); No companies are buying used
Styrofoam to use in their manufacturing process.
Juice boxes/packs; Waxed cartons (put into trash);
No companies are buying this material to use in their manufacturing process.
Ceramics; Pottery; Non-Container glass (like light bulbs,
windows, dishes, etc.) (put into trash); No companies are buying this material to use in their manufacturing process.
Plastic grocery bags; Shrink wrap; Dry cleaner bags (plastic grocery bags can be recycled at bins located outside most major grocery chain stores; otherwise you MUST put into your trash); RockTenn who
processes Waste Connections recycle does not have the equipment to handle plastic bags; they do not have a market for this
Scrap metal (take
to Glen Alpine Convenience Center across from Anderson County High School); RockTenn, the company
who handles our curbside recycling, only recycles metal cans. Scrap metal taken to Glen Alpine gets sent to local scrap metal
dealers for processing.
Aerosol pressurized cans (put
Aluminum foil wrap (put into trash); Aluminum foil has a different melting
temp than aluminum cans.
Corrugated cardboard bigger than a cereal box (take larger pieces to the Norris Recycle Yard, 125 Cedar Place); large pieces of
cardboard put into your curbside pickup can plug up RockTenn's sorting equipment line.
Batteries – of any kind (put alkaline batteries in your trash, they no longer contain mercury; take all other batteries to Blockhouse
Electronics; Appliances (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Paint and related products (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Hazardous or Medical waste such as…
Household chemicals/cleaners, paints, strippers, polishes (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Home lawn and garden chemicals (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Automotive fluids (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Dry rechargeable batteries; Wet lead acid batteries
(take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
(latex and oil-based) (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Tires (with or without rims) (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Automotive oil/oil (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Auto antifreeze (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Major appliances (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Electronic equipment (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Scrap metal (take to Blockhouse Valley
light tubes; Compact fluorescents lights (take to Blockhouse Valley Center); fluorescent lights contain toxic mercury which should not go
into the landfill.
Empty containers that once held hazardous materials (take
to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Compressed gas containers (empty) (take
to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Medical – needles, sharps, medications (Needles
can be put into red medical sharps container or a two litter bottle with the lids affixed and placed in your trash container.
or unused Medications should be taken to the Norris Police Department – DO NOT FLUSH MEDICATIONS DOWN THE TOILET. THIS POLLUTES THE GROUND WATER AND LAKES.
County Solid Waste Website
City of Norris Recycle Drop-off Center
125 Cedar Place, Norris, TN 37828
There are recycle bins located here
just outside the Public Works maintenance yard; they are accessible 24 hours a day.
Glass - sorted by color (clear, green and brown glass only; all other colors such as blue, red,
purple, etc. must be put into your trash)
Corrugated cardboard - broken
down, i.e., flattened
Blockhouse Valley Center (Recycle/Disposal)
Valley Road, Clinton, TN 37716
(865) 463-6870; (865) 256-1906
Hours of operation:
Wednesdays, 8am to 4pm
8am to 1pm
Alpine Convenience Center (Recycle)
901 Sinking Springs Road, Clinton,
across from Anderson County High School)
Hours of operation: Monday thru Saturday 7am – 6pm