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Sevierville, Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains are an extremely popular vacation destination visited by close to 13,000,000 guests each year. We strive to maintain a pleasant environment for each of those guests and our residents by properly managing the 127,00 tons of solid waste produced each year.
In order to minimize the impact of this waste production on the land, Sevier County built and began utilizing one of the most advanced composting facilities in the world in 1992. This facility is operated by Sevier Solid Waste, which also operates recycling programs to turn wood waste into mulch as well as recycle metal, cardboard, tires, used motor oil and newspapers.
In order to maximize effectiveness and make the greatest reduction in waste, Sevier Solid Waste focuses on composting and recycling organics, because they make up 60 percent of the waste stream in Sevier County. While Sevier Solid Waste has an extensive recycling program, they have only recently introduced a pilot program for glass and plastic recycling, because those items only make up 13 percent of the overall waste stream in the county. By focusing on the largest waste stream (organics) and gradually introducing other recycling programs, Sevier County is proud to have waste reduction numbers that are over 2.5 times the national average. Best of all, our residents don’t have to worry about sorting or separating waste in order for it to be composted. Sevier Solid Waste takes care of the compost material sorting for our residents – simply throw your garbage away.
Since Sevier Solid Waste built its composting facility in 1992, visitors from Sweden, Ireland, Russia, Spain, China, Australia and other countries have toured this state-of-the-art facility. To date, there are only 10 similar facilities in the world that utilize the same type of composting technology. This composting facility and our recycling programs allow us to reduce our total solid waste production by 70 percent (according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the national average for waste reduction via composting and recycling is only 27 percent). This means that less than 40,000 tons go into landfills each year, and our county is a little cleaner.
Need to dispose of potentially harmful chemicals such as paints, antifreeze and other hazardous household materials? Keep Sevier Beautiful annually hosts Household Hazardous Waste days when residents are welcome to bring their hazardous household waste for safe disposal. www.keepsevierbeautiful.com