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Recycle lot shuts down
Economic move frustrates Farragut residents


Advanced Polymer Recycling has closed its recycling center adjacent to Saplings nursery near Lovell Road.

Ed Bales, vice president of sales and purchasing for APR, cited the poor economy’s effect on the recycling market as the reason for the closure.

“The world economy basically collapsed the recycle market at the end of October,” Bales said.

“The first week of November, prices were down, most of them were down, 90 percent.

“Basically, it went from a break-even to about an $8,000 loss a month … the City and the County, maybe they can afford to absorb those kinds of losses, but we cannot,” he added.


“There’s no demand … it’s really sad. I don’t think it’ll be forever, but you can’t lose $8,000 a month for very long,” Bales said.

According to Bales, if and when the market bounces back, APR has committed to bringing back the recycling center.

“It’s just really sad. It kills me. We’re dedicated, and if the market turns, we’ve already committed that we’ll be back.

“But right now, it’s impossible; it’s economically impossible,” Bales said.

“We’re sorry. There’s just no way to predict that … there hasn’t been this kind of drop [in prices] in 30 years,” he added.

Knox County has eight recycling drop-off centers, including one off Dutchtown Road and another in Karns off Oak Ridge Highway. The drop-off centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information on Knox County’s solid waste and recycling centers, visit www.knoxcounty.org

 

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