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Park users encouraged to recycle

The City of Knoxville is launching a pilot recycling project at Caswell Park to determine how best to expand the efforts to other city parks.

Recycling containers will be located beginning June 1 throughout the ball fields and concession stands for park users to recycle plastic bottles and cups and aluminum cans. Cardboard and mixed paper materials will also be collected from the concession stands.

"The project is expected to last four months," said John Homa, City of Knoxville Solid Waste Project Manager. "The material will be collected, weighed and audited to give us some numbers to gauge the volume generated.
This will help us develop a cost effective on going recycling operation not only at Caswell but at many of the other City parks."

The J. T. O'Connor Senior Center will also participate in the four month project.

The project is part of a study of the City's Energy and Sustainable Task Force, Goods and Services Work Group. Partners in the project include Rock-Tenn Recycling and Waste Connections as well as the City Solid Waste Office and Parks and Recreation.

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A Nissan LEAF is on display at one of the company's new electric charging stations. Photo by Ed Marcum/Knoxville News Sentinel

Nashville's daily newspaper, The Tennessean reports today that Nissan is revving up its investment in building electric cars, which analysts consider a gamble as consumers have been slow to embrace them.

The company's total investment in Tennessee will be about $1.7 billion to build a lithium-ion battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn. and convert part of the Smyrna facility to make the all- electric Leaf compact hatchback, which goes on sale in December.

Nissan and its European partner, Renault, have pledged more than $5 billion for a worldwide rollout.

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Trucks are lined up at the Petro truck stop on Watt Road in West Knoxville, which is outfitted with IdleAire units for over-the-road truckers. Photo by J. Miles Cary/Knoxville News Sentinel

IdleAire's new owners plan to resume serve at 25 locations across the country, keep the company based in Knoxville, and start some limited hiring, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.

"We will be hiring about 15 people for our Knoxville location and about 25 at our various sites," CEO Mike Fielden said.

IdleAire, which was founded in Knoxville in 2000 but fell on hard times, announced in January it was shutting down. By March, a group of unnamed investors was saying through a website that it had acquired rights to the company and was resurrecting it.
Fielden said that entity is Convoy Solutions, a New York-based investment group that has added IdleAire to its portfolio of green companies. Fielden declined to discuss the acquisition price, but said the group had bought IdleAire's intellectual property and some of its key assets.

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Five Knoxville businesses have attained the highest ranking in Knox County's new Recycle Champions program, which recognizes leaders in recycling and waste reduction.

Bush Brothers & Co., Earth Fare, Sustainable Future, Thermocopy and Three Rivers Market were recognized as platinum Champions. Carpe Librum Booksellers entered the program as a gold Recycle Champion and Dark Star Transportation and Quality Lumber entered as a silver-level Champion.

Recycle Champions was created by the Knox County Solid Waste department to encourage, assist and recognize local businesses that have outstanding waste-reduction and recycling practices. To become a participant in this program, businesses have to be located in Knox County, undergo a waste audit, post their certification and fulfill at least six optional requirements, which range from recycling cardboard to purchasing items in bulk. Based on the number of optional requirements each business completes, different levels of certification (platinum, gold or silver) are awarded.

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