Press Releases

Haslam Announces $1.7M in Recycling Grants

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation; December 13, 2012:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded approximately $1.7 million in Recycling Equipment and Hub / Spoke Grants for FY 2013 projects to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

“We are pleased to fund these 18 projects through the state’s Solid Waste Management Fund because they will promote and increase recycling across the state of Tennessee and engage partnerships among counties and municipalities,” Haslam said.

Recycling Equipment Grants

The Recycling Equipment Grant program helps encourage recycling and reduces the amount of solid waste going into Tennessee landfills. It was authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and is supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by Environment and Conservation. The fund receives its revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee on new tires sold in the state.

Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of an existing site or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing. Grants may be awarded to counties, cities, non-profit recycling organizations and solid waste authorities to help reach or exceed the goals set forth in the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991. Each recipient is required to match the state grant on a sliding scale basis. Local matching funds toward these 12 projects total more than $226,000.

Recycling Equipment Grants totaling $262,999 were awarded today to:


Carroll County Carroll $23,164 $5,791 Truck
Carter County Carter $25,000 $30,016 Conveyor system, separator and containers
Claiborne County Claiborne $24,000 $35,000 Compactors
Cumberland County Cumberland $20,400 $13,600 Fork Lift
Decatur County Decatur $25,000 $7,400 Conveyor / conveyor table
Fentress County Fentress $25,000 $20,000 Roll back truck
Jefferson County Jefferson $25,000 $52,372 Baler, conveyor
Lawrence County Lawrence $23,336 $5,834 Forklift
Lincoln County Lincoln $12,749 $5,464 Hoppers, lids, trailers, mini-cycler and glass crusher
McNairy County McNairy $22,750 $9,750 Baler, truck and containers
Sevier Solid Waste, Inc Sevier $25,000 $29,750 Baler
Washington County Washington $11,600 $11,600 Containers


Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants

A total of $1,436,178 was awarded in Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants to six regional recycling projects to facilitate and increase recycling efforts between counties and municipalities by promoting greater regional cooperation.  These grants also are authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund.

The Recycling Hub and Spoke Grant program assists in the development and expansion of a regional facility to collect, transport and process recyclable material for multi-county areas or municipalities.  Counties or multi-county areas in partnership with cities, solid waste authorities and nonprofit recycling organizations chartered in the state of Tennessee are eligible for the Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants. Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants announced today include:


Marshall County In partnership with Maury, Giles, Lincoln and Bedford counties; and the cities of Lewisburg, Columbia, Petersburg, Chapel Hill, and Cornersville $300,000 Retrofits to recycling building, commercial kitchen equipment, scales, conveyor, upgrades to sort lines, and skid loader
City of Columbia Partnership with Maury and Marshall counties $225,000 Recycling truck
Goodwill Industries of Knoxville Partnership with Cocke and Grainger counties; and the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg $299,178 Baler, conveyors, skid loader, forklifts and front- load recycle bins
West TN Recycling Hub and Spoke – Chester County Administered by Chester County in partnership with Hardin and McNairy counties $99,000 (Chester)$88,600 (Hardin)$112,400 (McNairy) Scales, conveyor, glass crusher, containers, promotional / advertising and building demolition
Cumberland County Partnership between Cumberland County and the cities of Crossville, Crab Orchard and Pleasant Hill $300,000 Recycling facility development
City of Petersburg Partnership with Marshall County, serving the city of Petersburg, Marshall and Lincoln counties $12,000 Recycling trailer


More information about Recycling Equipment or Recycling Hub and Spoke grants may be found on the Department of Environment and Conservation’s website at

Press Releases

BURNT Challenges ‘Waste Reduction Regulation’

Press release from Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today; July 18, 2012: 

Following a two day hearing in front of the Senate Environment Committee and members of the House Environment Committee, long time solid waste group BURNT wrote to TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau to urge that pending “Waste Reduction regulation” [Rules 0400_11_09 and 0400_01_10] should not be considered by the Solid Waste Control Disposal Board on 7 August 2012.

“These rules have nothing to do with waste reduction. They are accounting tricks to inflate very poor recycling statistics”, said Bruce Wood, President of BURNT “There are three different ways to calculate the 25% waste reduction goal and multiple ‘base’ years. Landfilled construction waste will continue to count as recycled. This is a bad joke”

On 10–11 July, The Senate Energy and Environment Committee held a two day hearing with House Environment Committee members. Representatives of Alcoa, Southeastern Redevelopment Council, and local business people each testified that solid waste should be managed as a raw material for jobs and business and that Tennessee lagged behind the other southern states.

“We are forfeiting needed jobs to feed hungry maws of landfills across the state. This pollutes water, hurts citizens, and squanders jobs” said Bruce Wood. “We must stop these regulations if they are heard on 7 August.”