Yet, it is a gradual and meticulous growth, one we wish could turn its wheels just a little faster.
The reasons for recycling are multiple. Obviously, it’s the right thing to do, but from a more realistic view it is kind to the Bradley County Landfill. It will extend the life of a facility that most take for granted. Some never question the life span of a landfill; in fact, some wrongly believe such centralized disposal points for a community’s garbage will last forever.
In many cases, the duration of landfills is being extended by wise practices and proper management — one of which is recycling whenever and wherever possible, using all available resources and government cooperation to make it happen.
Bradley County government is working in good faith to extend the life of the Pleasant Grove Road landfill, and is working in partnership with Santek Waste Services — the contractor which operates the facility — to make appropriate decisions pertaining to its future and to promote recycling.
A key program now in existence for several years is the Bradley County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day initiative which now is offered twice yearly. It is a splendid concept, one whose roots are founded on several key principles: Safeguard the landfill, protect the environment both now and for the future, provide a unique convenience to Cleveland and Bradley County households, and others.
Another recycling opportunity, this one of a lesser profile, is Chipping of the Green. Like the HHWCD event, it offers multiple benefits to area residents although keeping toxins out of our soil and water supplies is not one of them. Still, it is a valuable resource — one that teaches the adoption of a recycling mindset, not to mention its popular byproduct ... mulch for landscaping.
For those unfamiliar with Chipping of the Green, here’s how it works.
Once area residents have removed the decorations and lights from this year’s Christmas tree — provided they are live evergreens — please resist the urge to toss it to the curb for brush collection. All this does is add more to the landfill. Instead, drop off the discarded tree to either of three locations: the Peerless Road Recycling Center, the Urbane Road Recycling Center or the Bradley County Landfill.
Compliments of a chipper provided by the Bradley County Road Department, discarded trees are shredded into mulch at the landfill. Trees dropped off at the recycling centers are hauled to the landfill for chipping as well. The mulch is provided free of charge to any area resident who wants it.
Although the recycling centers have distinct hours of operation, Christmas trees can be dropped off at the locked gates for transfer to the landfill chipper.
Here are the hours for all three sites:
1. Bradley County Landfill: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2. Urbane Road Recycling Center: Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3. Peerless Road Recycling Center: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Chipping of the Green is already under way. It will continue through Saturday, Jan. 12.
We encourage its use.
We urge its support.
It’s a proper sendoff to another nostalgic Christmas season. It’s good for the environment. And it’s the right thing to do.