FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2015
Community Development, Winston Brooks 455-2648
Think Before You Toss
Mayor’s Clean Community Outreach Announces Activities for 2015
Mayor Lane Curlee in conjunction with the Go Green! Tullahoma Committee and Public Works has announced activities and awareness campaigns to help lessen our dependency on landfills and make Tullahoma a more attractive and great intentional city.
“A great Tullahoma is intentional, not accidental,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “Part of that initiative is to create a community that is clean and green.”
The City of Tullahoma is a leader in recycling for our region. Over the last year, Tullahoma’s efforts have increased residential recycling 10% with over 30% of residents participating in curbside recycling. Tullahoma provides curbside recycling to 18,655 citizens, approximately 7,000 households, within the city and covers 25 square miles. They also process all of the recycling materials for the City of Manchester and for Coffee County, a population of 52,000 (2010 US Census Bureau). Items collected curbside include cardboard, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, mixed paper, plastic items #1 – #7s, aluminum cans and tin food cans.
Recycling Message On All Garbage Cans
Public Works is working to energize and educate the public about recycling.
The first awareness campaign residents will soon see is a an eye-catching new recycling sticker appearing on the lid of your garbage can with the message, Think Before You Toss, Landfills Cost, Recycling Pays. “The message will help residents think about recycling each time they open their can to toss in garbage,” said Public Works Director, Wayne Limbaugh. “The message is being placed on the lid of each can so that the message is reinforced each time you go to the garbage can. Recycling in Tullahoma is simple and easy. Our cost for burying the garbage has increased significantly. Recycling helps us reduce this cost to the taxpayer, and our recycling process generates revenue.”
Think Tullahoma is the slogan for the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation. Now, Public Works is incorporating that same idea in this new recycling awareness campaign—Think Before You Toss. “If you Think Before You Toss,” said Community Development Director, Winston Brooks, “Then you are thinking about the good of Tullahoma.”
Clean up litter
Another project the Mayor is focusing on is the Clean up! Tullahoma. The next quarterly clean up day is scheduled for February 21. Volunteers can join in at 942 Maplewood Drive 8:00 am on Saturday, February 21. “Those who register at public works can win tickets to hear A Night of Classical Jazz. Tickets are compliments of South Jackson.
“We want Tullahomans to care enough to help us keep our roadways free of litter,” said Director of Community Development, Winston Brooks. “To encourage volunteers, we have partnered with South Jackson Civic Center and two volunteers will win tickets to An Evening of Classical Jazz.”
The Clean up! Tullahoma concept goes beyond just road side litter. Mayor Curlee is looking at many facets of removing rubbish from the community. “The clean up! Tullahoma campaign is a concentrated effort to remove litter-from unsightly structures to roadside rubbish,” said Mayor Curlee.
To create awareness about recycling, the Tullahoma Public Works is launching a new awareness campaign. Educating people about what types of recyclables are picked up curbside, residents will begin to see new messages in the media and new opportunities to help.
“I am convinced 99.5% of Tullahoma citizens want to live in a clean and attractive community,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “I know 100% of the people want to invest in Tullahoma want to invest in a clean and attractive community.”
Public works is also planning a composting program and a community screening of the documentary movie The Clean Bin Project. This movie follows a couple that has a zero waste house for a year.
Recycling Center Hours
Monday and Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
We now accept plastics #1-#7
How to Recycle in Tullahoma
For your convenience, containers are also available for collection of regular garbage at the center.
Recyclables consist of cardboard, plastics, metals (including refrigerators, stoves, etc.) aluminum cans, tin cans, used motor oil, transmission fluids, antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, water base paint and newsprint.
Wood, tires, and car parts other than used batteries, should not be brought to the center.
Residential curbside recycling for plastic, aluminum cans, tin and bi-metal food cans, newsprint and corrugated cardboard is collected from home addresses weekly coinciding with regularly scheduled garbage collection days. Please sort and bag items per category. Remove caps and lids and break down corrugated cardboard. Place recyclables curbside by 6:00 a.m. on the morning of your pick-up.
Commercial cardboard is collected from commercial customers at no cost to the business.
For additional information, call the Public Works Department at 454-1768, and download a copy of our Recycling Flyer.