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Recycle center closing

The Waste Management Recycling Center and Goodwill Trailer located behind Home Depot in the Market Place Shopping Center will close permanently Thursday, March 31.

Waste reduction specialist John Homa said he is “actively searching for another sight.”

Homa said the site is closing because Market Place is expanding and renovating and it will need the extra space.

“Home Depot is expanding from the back of the store and they will be losing the parking spaces behind the store,” Homa said. “The parking spaces will be re-located where the recycling center is now.”

The City of Knoxville, in cooperation with Kroger, Food City and SP Recycling operates 11 recycling centers throughout Knoxville. The Market Place location has been open for 10 years and is considered a recycling supercenter, which means it accepts aluminum and steel cans, clear, brown and green glass, cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper and household batteries. Attendants from Goodwill staff the supercenter.

The space has been on loan to Waste Management by Maxwell Properties, the management company for Market Place.

“The reason we have been here this long is because of the kind-heartedness of the shopping center’s management company,” Homa said.

Adding that Waste Management would be open to relocating in a temporary location, Homa said, “We would like to ask business owners in the community to keep us in mind for a temporary location while we continue to search for a permanent one.”

Homa said the Walker Springs recycling center closed last year and the closest recycling location is the Food City in Knox Plaza at 4918 Kingston Pike.

“We really need to find a spot soon for this end of town,” he said.

Customers can check the Waste Management Web site for updates as to the new location at Homa said Waste Management would also post signs at the Market Place location to inform the community of the new location once it has been established.


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