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TDEC names Collierville Government Recycler of Year

Pictured at the Tennessee Recycling Coalition Annual Conference from the Collierville Public Services Department from left are Josh Russell, assistant to the Solid Waste Manager, John Fox, operations assistant, and Bill Kilp, director of the Public Services Department.

In the summer of 2014, Collierville’s Public Service Department began its new curbside recycle collection program.
With the goal of reducing cost, promoting positive customer service and increasing recycling participation, the Town converted from a privately contracted recycle collection operation utilizing 17-gallon recycle bins to a more efficient Town employee operated recycle collection utilizing automated collection trucks and free 96-gallon recycle carts.
Prior to beginning the recycle collection program, an average of 50 percent of homes were participating in recycling. However, within the first four months of the delivery of the new 96-gallon recycle carts, residential participation increased to more than 72 percent.
By bringing the service in house, residents noticed greatly improved quality of service with increased customer participation and fewer missed collections.
Based on the success of the new program implementation, the Tennessee Recycling Coalition, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, named the Town of Collierville the “2014 Government Recycler of the Year.”
Representatives from Collierville’s Public Service Department attended the Tennessee Recycling Coalition Annual Conference on Feb. 23 to accept the award.
“I appreciate the opportunity to highlight our department’s commitment to providing our residents a waste collection program that focuses on environmentally responsibility and excellence in service,” said John Fox, Public Services operations assistant.

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