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 MAR. 2019
(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 WestRock 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”:
Paper: 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
- 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 non-recycle trash.
That CANNOT be Recycled at CURBSIDE
No glass is accepted at curbside pickup or at the Norris Recyle Center located at 125 Cedar Place;
the secondary market for recycled glass has dried up to nothing, so ALL GLASS must now be put into your regular trash. This
is not unique to Norris; it applies to most if not all of the entire USA. POINT TO PONDER: The less food you buy in glass
containers, the less glass will go into the landfill.
Plastic Container or Paper/Cardboard items that are
soiled with food scraps (put into trash); The food contaminates
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; all forms of glass (including 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); WestRock who processes Waste Connections recycle does not have the equipment to handle plastic bags; they do
not have a market for this material.
Scrap metal (take to Glen Alpine Convenience Center across from Anderson County High School); WestRock,
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 into trash)
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 WestRock'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)
(oil-based only) (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Tires (with or without rims) (take to Blockhouse Valley Center)
Automotive oil/oil filters (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 Center)
Fluorescent 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
Outdated 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 conainers located
here just outside the Public Works maintenance yard; it is accessible 24 hours a day.
Corrugated cardboard - broken down, i.e., flattened
NOTE: The glass recycle bin has been removed because the secondary market for recycled
glass has dried up to nothing, so ALL GLASS must now be put into your regular trash. This is not unique to Norris; it applies
to most if not all of the entire USA. POINT TO PONDER: The less food you buy in glass containers, the less glass will go into
Blockhouse Valley Center (Recycle/Disposal)
Blockhouse Valley Road, Clinton, TN 37716
(865) 463-6870; (865) 256-1906
Hours of operation:
Glen Alpine Convenience Center (Recycle)
901 Sinking Springs Road, Clinton,
across from Anderson County High School)
Hours of operation: Monday thru Saturday 7am – 6pm