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New grant to aid in recycling efforts

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By Cindy Simpson

A new grant will make recycling for Roane County residents even more accessible.

The county received a $265,000 Hub and Spoke grant for a new baler at the Recycling Center and for a recycling program to put bins in Harriman, Kingston, Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

“There wasn’t many grants awarded. I feel very fortunate we wound up getting this,” said Ralph Stewart, the Roane County Solid Waste director.

“We have until December to get all our equipment in and get everything bought. The biggest expense is we need a new baler.”

The county will also likely pave the areas around the storage for recyclables in addition to buying the bins for the four cities.

“I’m thinking it will be probably mid-summer by the time we get everything bought. We may have everything put in by mid-summer,” Stewart said.

Harriman City Council members recently approved their city’s participation in the project, deliberating on whether they would want a moveable bin or one that would remain in one location, preferring to keep it in one spot.

“You could have problems with somebody dumping trash. If it somewhere visible that may be less likely to happen,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

The bins will not cost the cities anything.