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The Tennessee Recycling Coalition or TRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting recycling and sustainable materials management practices in the State of Tennessee. We are a coalition of many industries, companies, and individuals networked together to raising recycling as the standard in Tennessee.

We recognize that recycled materials have value and contribute to the economic well-being of all Tennesseans. Recycling promotes and sustains jobs, adds to the revenue of local governments by growing the tax base and through the sale of collected commodities. Recycling further enhances the personal wealth of all Tennesseans through cost avoidance of landfill tipping fee charges. Ultimately, it also protects the environment by keeping the materials out of the landfill.

TRC works in partnership with the local, state, and federal governments to provide resources, education and outreach for the recycling message. We are proud of our accomplishments and strongly support the manufacturing industries in Tennessee through our partnership messages. These messages promote high quality feed stock that fuels their manufacturing.                                                                                   


Recording of Recent Webinar from US Business Council for Sustainable Development

TRC participated in a webinar last month with the US Business Council for Sustainable Development that was focused on the circular economy in Tennessee as it relates to recycling. Please check out the recording of this webinar. 

2018 - 2019 TRC Recycler of the Year Award Winners

On August 16, 2019 during TRC's 30th Annual Conference in Gatlinburg at the Park Vista Hotel, the following organizations and individuals were presented with the TRC Recycler of the Year Awards. Each year TRC selects winners to honor outstanding achievements in recycling programs from across the state. We congratulate all the winners and appreciate all who applied for these awards. We are proud of all the great work being done to make recycling the standard in Tennessee!

Business Recycler of the Year: Clayton Homes

Government Recycler of the Year: Green Certification Program, Montgomery Couny

School (K-12) Recycler of the Year: Lipscomb Academy Lower School

Higher Education Recycler of the Year: Tennessee Tech University

 Recycler of the Year: Random Acts of Flowers

Tom Hattle Memorial Award of the Year: Tom Leonard

Video Entry Award of the Year: Furniture Connections, link to video

Innovator of the Year

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Recycle Bank and Earth911

Find over 1,000,000 ways to recycle on Earth911.com, host of the largest and most accurate recycling directory. From batteries to motor oil to paint to plastics, you can find recycling and proper disposal information for more than 300 products using our expert-verified database. 

Earth911.com also writes daily stories to keep you in-the-know and up-to-date on the latest trends, ideas, tips and tricks to make your green lifestyle choices simple. Visit Earth911.com today to get a jump start on the easiest way to go green: recycling.

Single Stream Recycling Video

New to recycling or want to know more about recycling and waste?  Click here for an informative and well made YouTube by Cumberland County Solid Waste Department.


May - 2020

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Tennessee Recycling Coalition

P.O. Box 23796

Nashville, TN 37202



Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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