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Town funds Optimist recycling event


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved funding the Optimist Club of West Knoxville’s electronics recycling event with $2,500.

“It’s a great thing to have just a reliable, trustworthy place to get rid of all that old electronics stuff,” Alderman John Williams said.

Last year, Optimist spokesman Brian Osgood said, the event collected 213 tons of electronic recyclables from 6,000 households.

Alderman Bob Markli asked what security measures would be available to those recycling computers.

Osgood said all hard drives would be shredded.

“Security has become a non-issue,” he said.


Alderman Jeff Elliott said he visited the event last year.

“I was very impressed with the efficiency of it,” Elliott said.

The “Plug In To Your Community” electronic recycling event will be held at Farragut High School Jan. 9, 2010.

There is no cost to the public, but donations will be accepted to subsidize labor costs.

On a related note, Williams took Osgood’s community grant application to make a recommendation about the process, particularly that applicants should state how much of the Town’s funding would cover their proposed budget.

“We want to tighten up our community grant application process … the future application process has to request budget information for these projects,” Williams said.

“We could potentially have a situation where people are requesting a certain number of funds, and we approve it, and their cost is below what we gave them,” he added.

 

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