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Recycling center to open in June

Advanced Polymer Recycling will be opening a recycling center just outside Farragut town limits off Kingston Pike before Lovell Road.

The site, located adjacent to Sapling’s nursery, currently houses five large recycling bins, labeled for plastics 1-7, cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper and aluminum and steel cans.

“If you can call this a pet project, this is something I’ve wanted to do for over a year,” said Eddie Bales, Advanced Polymer Recycling vice president of sales and purchasing.

“We did a little project last year … Recycle Drop Off Day at Farragut High School. The desire was overwhelming from people … They were standing there going, ‘We want to recycle but we’re not driving to Cedar Bluff or Dutchtown,’” Bales said.

“The whole point of this facility being here is because there is nowhere to go. Certainly people here don’t have anywhere to go, except for Dutchtown,” he added.

“What we’re hoping is that this facility, this property up here, will be a premium recycling facility since it’s privately owned. There will be an office; there will be staff, there will be literature for people to learn more about what they can recycle,” Bales said.

“I want an office so people can come in and ask questions and they won’t feel like they’re on their own,” he added.

APR currently is planning to have staff available during normal business hours, but hopes to have 24-hour access to the bins.

Bales wished to make clear the site was not a dump. “There’s no solid waste. One hundred percent recycling,” he said.

“This is an earth-friendly facility. That’s why we haven’t gone in there and cut down all the trees in there,” he added. Bales’ wife, Carol, will be landscaping the property.

“This looks pretty much [like] what I had in mind for a recycle center and I hope it can serve the greater Farragut community,” Alderman Tom Rosseel said.

The center will feature a half-circle driveway, allowing customers to enter and exit via two separate connections to Kingston Pike. There currently are five bins for recycling, but Bales hopes to add at least two more, as well as a Goodwill donation bin.

From the Kingston Pike site, the recyclable material will be hauled to APR’s downtown facility to be sorted and then shipped to the appropriate plants or mills to be recycled.

“Our goal is to have everything done by the end of June,” he said.

“We’re gambling: will people recycle here? I believe they will.

“Everyone is preaching recycling and awareness, but no one has said ‘Here’s how you do it and here’s where you take it,’” Bales added.

“If you don’t make recycling convenient, people won’t use it,” Rosseel said.

Bales, a lifelong Farragut resident, co-owns Advanced Polymer Recycling with his father, Edward Bales Sr., and his brother, James.

Bales also is involved with Keep Blount Beautiful and is president of Knoxville Recycling Coalition.

“I’m really involved in every aspect of recycling around here,” Bales said. “A-P-R works in connection with local businesses such as Junk Bee Gone and with the Farragut curbside recycling done by Waste Connections Advanced Polymer also has also has put recycling boxes for plastics and cans in 57 area schools.

“We’re going to add them to the rest of the schools as soon as we get some more boxes in,” he added.

For more information, call Bales at 865-755-9222.


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