April 19th, 2009 by Barry Courter, Karen Nazor Hill, Holly Leber and Laura Galbraith in Green

Staff photo by Sarah Nader<br> Boxes piled up the Monday after Christmas at the Bella Vista Recycling Center.

Staff photo by Sarah Nader<br> Boxes piled up the...

Curbside Recycling in Chattanooga

* Recyclables are collected curbside in Chattanooga once per month on the Wednesday of the brush collection week for your service area. (See the brush collection schedule below.)

* Place your recyclables on the curb in blue plastic bags, available for purchase at grocery and discount stores. You also can use the blue or translucent bags in which your groceries are packaged.

* If you're not using blue bags, recyclable materials must be placed in a covered bin marked "Recycle." Items do not need to be sorted by type.

* If you have brush or leaf piles, make sure they are neat and separated from your recycle bags. Brush, leaves and bulky trash items need to be placed at least 3 feet away from walls, fences, telephone poles, guy wires and drainage clean-outs.

* If you're using automated cans for recyclables, make sure they are within 3 feet of the curb and at least 3 feet away from any obstacles.

* Keep weight of nonautomated garbage cans and bags of recyclables to less than 50 pounds each.

* 55-gallon drums or barrels cannot be used for garbage or recycling cans.

* Do not leave bags or cans out overnight.

* Close and tightly secure bags.

Brush and Leaf collection schedule

* Area one: Collection begins on the first Monday of each month. Covers areas east of Highway 153 and west of I-75.

* Area two: Collection begins on the second Monday of each month. Covers areas east of I-75, west of Highway 153 and east of Crest Road, Campbell Street and Bonny Oaks Drive.

* Area three: Collection begins on the third Monday of each month. Covers areas west of Crest Road, Campbell Street, Bonny Oaks Drive and Highway 153 and south of the Tennessee River.

* Area four: Collection begins on the fourth Monday of each month. Covers areas north of the Tennessee River and west of Highway 153.

Preparation tips

* Glass. Do not place glass at your curbside.

* Metal cans. Make sure you rinse clean and remove lids. Do not flatten.

* Plastic. Rinse clean and remove lids.

* Newspaper. Must be clean and dry.

* Cardboard. Must be clean, dry and flattened.

* Mixed paper. Must be clean and dry. No waxed or plastic-coated paper.

Recycling centers in Chattanooga

You also can drop off your recyclables at a city recycling station. These centers accept glass and other recyclables, including wet-cell batteries. All are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

* Warner Park, 1254 E. Third St.

* John A. Patten Recreation Center, 3202 Kelly's Ferry Road.

* East Brainerd Ball Complex, end of Batter's Place Road.

* Access Road Refuse Center, 4500 *. Access Road.

* Brainerd area, 5955 Brainerd Road.

recycling centers outside CHATTANOOGA city limits

* East Ridge Recycling Center, 1001 Yale St. (behind East Ridge Hospital) 899-2768. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

* Highway 58 Recycling Center, 5414 Highway 58 (at Hickory Valley Road). 326-0992. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

* Middle Valley Recycling Center, 1600 Crabtree Road, Hixson. 843-9317. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

* Red Bank Recycling Center, 4851-B Dayton Blvd. (next to Fire Hall 2). 876-2010. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

* Standifer Gap Recycling Center, 7625 Standifer Gap Road. 855-6125. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

* Sequoyah Recycling Center, 9525 Lovell Road, Soddy-Daisy. 842-2391. Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

* Lookout Mountain recycling: Receptacles available for mixed paper and aluminum at City Hall, 1214 Lula Lake Road. Corrugated cardboard is accepted at the maintenance barn in the town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Plastic and glass are not being accepted.

* Signal Mountain Recycling: 151 Ridgeway Ave. 886-4341. Opem 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Do you recycle?

"Absolutely, simply because if you don't, you're just being wasteful and foolish." -- Jim Ledbetter, Chattanooga

"Yeah, we do, just to cut down on the amount of trash we're putting on the curb, to save the world for our kids. We also compost." -- Justin Davis, North Chattanooga

"No, I believe it all goes to one place. You go to the trouble, but I hear so many stories that it all just goes to one place." -- James Hood, Brainerd

"I do recycle certain things, like newspapers and aluminum cans, but I'm not a big recycler by any means. I try to do the basics." -- Jessica Hathcock, Chattanooga

Earth Day events


* Organic lawn care. Paul Tukey, founder of Safe Lawns, will talk about organic lawn care and gardening at this Earth Day luncheon. Box lunches (by reservation) provided by Niedlov's for $5. Visit for more information. Noon at Loose Cannon, 1800-A Rossville Ave.

* Design presentation. LEED-accredited architects Blythe Bailey, Taylor Bowers and Thomas Palmer will speak on "Holistic Design: From Planning to Construction." 5 p.m. at Loose Cannon.


* Party for the Planet. Learn about the environment with fun activities for kids and adults. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Chattanooga Zoo. Free with regular admission: $6 adults; $3 children.

* Party for the Planet. Demonstrations, special feedings and close-up animal encounters show ways to take better care of the planet. Special programming from 1 to 6 p.m. at Tennessee Aquarium. Free with regular admission: $21.50 adults, $14.95 children 3-12.