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Metro Public Works’ Newly Renovated Recycling Education Station Offers Site Visits

January 7, 2016

Do you ever wonder what happens to your recyclables after they are collected? Here’s your chance to find out!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Knowledge is the world’s most powerful tool for increasing recycling and decreasing trash going to landfills and Metro Public Works’ Recycling Education Station offers an exciting opportunity for the community to visit the Waste Management Recycling Facility where Nashville’s recyclables are taken for processing, and learn about recycling, sustainability, and witness the recycling process first hand.

To help raise awareness and increase knowledge about the recycling process and its benefits, groups that visit the Recycling Education Station will view the recycling sorting systems, learn about recycling from our education coordinator, participate in hands on activities, and see a wide range of consumer products made from recycled materials.

“Our recycling classroom is a wonderful resource for residents and students of all ages because it enables visitors to see recycling in action and learn why it is such an important part of our community and environment,” said Jeffery Ezell, Metro Beautification Education Specialist.

Recycling is about much more than processing tons of recyclables. In addition to the environmental benefits, recycling creates jobs and saves money in landfill costs to the city by decreasing the amount of trash disposed of.

Visitors of any age will leave with a new appreciation of what happens to recyclables after they are put in the bin. The bright colors and interactive exhibits will engage younger visitors, and detailed information about our processing equipment and business strategy will spark questions for adults.

The Recycling Education Station provides about 70 recycling programs to students and adults each year, and has recently been renovated to include a new camera and monitor which allows visitors to see more of the surrounding facility than ever. New features also include a 10’ x 5’ detailed plan view of the facility, life-sized photos of baled recyclables, recycled flooring, and more.

The Recycling Education Station is located at the River Hills Materials Recovery Facility at 208 River Hills Dr., Nashville, TN 37212 and can accommodate groups of 25. Most programs are about an hour.

To schedule a visit, follow the link: www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Education-and-Schools/Recycling-Education-Station.aspx and we will get in touch with you. There is no charge for the visit!

We look forward to meeting you. Together we can grow a greener Nashville!

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