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City celebrates recycling cart deliveries

The city of Knoxville will present a public rollout event for its new curbside recycling program 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Fourth & Gill neighborhood on the 1000 block of Luttrell Street.

City officials including Mayor Daniel Brown will be at the event to discuss the program's success and future plans.

Attendees will be able to check out the new carts and the pickup vehicles.

The event is a continuation of the cart delivery process --- the first recycling carts for the city's new single-stream curbside recycling program were delivered at the end of August and deliveries will continue through September 16. More than 17,000 residents have signed up for the program.

"We are excited to be able to start getting these containers to residents," Mayor Daniel Brown said. "Developing this program has been a long process and a lot of people have worked very hard to make curbside recycling a reality in Knoxville. We've not reached our goal yet, but we're closing in on starting this program and we are very pleased about that."

The delivery of carts to those who signed up by August 14, marks the last major step before the City officially begins the program the first of October.

This single-stream curbside recycling is supposed to make recycling easier by eliminating the need to separate by type of recyclable material or take to a recycling drop center. A cart is supplied by the City, and residents roll the cart to the curb every other week for pick up.

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