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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Strong Recycling Program in Kingsport

Strong Recycling Program in Kingsport
Recycling is a benefit to city residents.

Kingsport, TN – Recycling is just one small way residents are able to impact their city. Not only does it help the environment and save energy, but it also reduces waste at the landfill and creates local jobs. Recycling just one aluminum can, like a Mountain Dew or Pepsi can, saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, the country would save about 25 million trees a year!

The City of Kingsport curbside recycling program began with 3 trucks, 3 truck drivers and a handful of blue 18-gallon containers for recyclables.  The immediate response from residents was overwhelmingly positive and soon, extra crews and trucks were being dispatched to assist with recyclable collection. The program progressively continued for several years leading the way for automated recycling.

On June 1, 2013, an automated recycling program was implemented. A change was needed with how the city collected recyclables, a determination was made that the best solution would be a single source system with automated trucks. 

Residents who actually participated in recycling (approximately 10,000 residents recycled at least once per month) were able to trade in their 18-gallon container for a 96-gallon cart, the same size as the garbage can. The ease of use of the 96-gallon cart contributes to requests of residents desiring to be added to the recycling program.  Public Works has added over 3,500 residents since the inception of the 2013 program, and the recycling program has seen a significant increase in the amount of tonnage per household.

Currently, there are over 13,500 residents participating in the recycling program. If you’d like to participate in the program, a new recycling can will be delivered to your house at no cost. Your recyclables are picked up on the same day as your garbage. No sorting is required. If you’re interested in taking part in the recycling program, please call 423-229-9451.


Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.