Our Key Issues: Litter, Recycling & Billboard Control
Scenic Tennessee focuses on critical conservation issues for the state, including litter, recycling, and signage control. We work proactively and reactively across the state to raise awareness and effect change on these matters.
Tennessee’s Litter Problem
Of all the things that threaten Tennessee’s scenic beauty, none is as universal (nor as universally deplored) as litter. Despite decades of education, thousands of cleanups and millions of tax dollars spent to address the issue, the latest reports say that more than 100 million pieces of trash remain on Tennessee’s roadways at any given time—much of which could have been readily and profitably recycled.
Since its founding in 1987, Scenic Tennessee has been advocating for fair and effective waste-reduction policies and practices that preserve scenic beauty while promoting a sustainable economy.
Such policies and practices include:
- fees and incentives
- refundable deposits on beverage containers
- pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) policies that encourage recycling over landfilling
- recycling fees on tires, lead-acid batteries, and similar special-handling items
- adjustments in landfill tipping fees to better reflect actual costs of waste disposal
- policies to increase recycling rates and improve recycling quality
- dual-stream curbside recycling (as opposed to commingled single-stream)
- curbside compost (food waste) pickup where curbside recycling exists
- compost collection sites at county convenience centers