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Downtown Knoxville event offers recycling opportunities


Residents have an opportunity to recycle documents and safely dispose of old medications at this year's America Recycles Day celebrations 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, in downtown Knoxville on Market Square.

Photo: Wayne Bailey and Scott Harmon, hidden, public service workers with the City of Knoxville, deliver recycling cartsfor the free curbside recycling program. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Sponsored by the city of Knoxville and Knox County's solid waste offices, the event will detail recycling options with Keep Knoxville Beautiful and offer opportunities to get involved with environmental programs like the Water Quality Forum's local Adopt-A-Stream project.

Residents will be able to bring in old or unwanted documents to be confidentially shredded and recycled by Goodwill. There is no limit to how many documents residents can bring for secure disposal.

Also, an Unwanted Unused Medication Collection event will be held on site by the Knoxville Police Department. This will offer an opportunity for residents to turn in unwanted and outdated prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines and used mercury thermometers.

The mercury thermometers can be exchanged for new, free digital thermometers.

Other groups scheduled to be on site are Waste Connections and the Knox County Solid Waste Office.

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