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  • Waste Watchers: Knoxville's Recycling Published 4/20/2011 at 2:00 p.m. 0 comments

    I’m not completely convinced anything good happens to the aluminum cans—I’ve seen too many collection bins that have, oh, 17 bimetal cat food cans and maybe an empty laundry detergent bottle in with the Bud and Coke empties (that can’t ...

  • Waste Watchers: Knoxville's Garbage Published 4/20/2011 at 2:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Here’s what happens to your trash if you live in the city of Knoxville: A garbage truck, owned and staffed by Waste Connections, picks it up from your curb and takes it to the Chestnut Ridge Landfill, owned and staffed ...

  • Waste Watchers: Knoxville's Sewage Published 4/20/2011 at 2:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Except for rare times when I’m afraid one of the kids might have put something down the drain that they shouldn’t have, I don’t think much about what happens to all that water once it leaves my sight. Neither, probably, ...

  • East Tennessee vs. Earth: Transportation Published 4/21/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    On this Earth Day 2010, we examine how our increasing reliance on automobiles is making Knoxville flunk air-quality rankings.

  • East Tennessee vs. Earth: Power Production Published 4/21/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    How TVA's reliance on coal-fired power plants continues to create massive air pollution and despoiled land.

  • East Tennessee vs. Earth: Growth and Development Published 4/21/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    How Knox County's growing (and spreading) population is creating more pollution through overdevelopment.

  • East Tennessee vs. Earth: Energy Consumption Published 4/21/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    How we're creating our own pollution problems by wasteful electricity usage

  • New Rules of Recycling Published 4/15/2009 at 2:59 p.m. 0 comments

    “In October, cardboard was bringing $95 for a full truckload delivered to the mill, bailed,” says Derek Senter, fiber procurement representative for RockTenn Recycling Knoxville, which procures and markets recyclables in this region. “In November, it dropped almost 50 percent. ...

  • Recycling at Your Own Place Published 4/15/2009 at 3:09 p.m. 0 comments

    Recycling is so ’70s—and some people are still operating on the guidelines from back then, or from a few years ago, or from last month.

  • Pitching In Published 4/15/2009 at 3:11 p.m. 0 comments

    It saves energy, conserves resources, and extends valuable—and expensive—landfill accommodations. With 10 handy collection centers studding the Knoxville area, nine more across the county, and the for-profit Waste Connections happy to pick it all up in one big bin from ...

  • Local Green Living Tips Published 4/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Reduce your carbon footprint with these Knoxville-centric suggestions for sustainable practices.

  • Global Warming Next Door Published 4/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Reporter Charles Maldonado brings the subject of global warming closer to home as he visits with ecologist Dr. Jason Fridley, who assesses climate patterns through measurements taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • Styrophobia Published 4/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    Jack Neely tells us why he so dislikes styrofoa—er, polystyrene, that is, in large part due to unspeakable childhood traumas that go beyond even environmental concerns.

  • Seeds of Change Published 4/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Rose Kennedy visits Beardsley Community Farm, where locals seek sustainable living habits by working in their own personal organic garden plots.

  • Williams Creek Consortium Founder Rick Roach Strives to Clean Up Knox County’s Most Polluted Creek Published 4/21/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Three years ago, a voice called to Rick Roach as he walked across the bridge over Williams Creek at the intersection of Chestnut and Biddle. “It came from deep inside me and it said ‘You remember what made you happy. ...

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