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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cocke Landfill Committee
Members of the Cocke County Landfill Committee met recently in a workshop because of the lack of a quorum. Tim Hendrick of the East Tennessee Development District talked about the state requirement that counties recycle at least 25 percent of the 1991 level of their total garbage. "Last year you were at about 26 percent, so I'm working hard to reach more businesses and increase that number as much as I can," Hendrick said. He asked the committee members to be on the look-out for other area business that may be recycling so their recycled material numbers can be added to the figures that must be submitted to the state. "We want to capture as much of the waste-diversion activity as we can," added Hendrick. "That will be a huge help." He reported that businesses like sawmills produce alot of recycled material. Landfills are an issue around the world. Noone wants a landfill in their backyard. Superintendent Ronnie Allen tells the NewsSource that the current landfill will have to be expanded in the near future. Allen says the current site likely will be full in a year however the county has purchased an additional eight adjacent acres for an expanded landfill. Allen says that should last for years. The current site was opened in 1978, but now household garbage is hauled to a landfill in Lowland. Since 1996 only Class 4 garbage, primarily construction materials, furniture etc., may go into the landfill. Allen said the county gets good revenue from recycled metal, including metal food cans. Metal prices are down currently but at one time the county collected up to $38,000 annually for its recycled metal.

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