Metro Nashville Public Works, Waste Management and the Tennessee Department of Transportation partnered with all Davidson County Kroger stores to celebrate America Recycles Day today. The first 250 customers at each store received a free, reusable grocery bag at the checkout counter.
The purpose of the partnership was to educate Kroger shoppers about items that can and cannot be recycled curbside, with a focus on plastic bags.
“We’re so thankful that Kroger has helped us raise awareness about the importance of correctly recycling items at home,” said Sharon Smith, director of the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission. “Recycling is an important step in keeping our city both beautiful and sustainable.”
Most recycling facilities can handle only hard materials such as aluminum cans, plastic containers and lids, and cardboard. Plastic grocery bags can clog the sorting machinery at these facilities or even stop the machine altogether. The purpose of the Kroger partnership was to remind folks not to recycle plastic bags curbside, but instead, to bring them back to a Kroger store.
Photo 1: Naomi Regensburg, Adrienne Russell, JD Lane, Missy Marshall, Curby, Lori Munkeboe, Miriam Mimms, Erin Hafkenschiel, Robert Cheney, Melissa Morton and Shawn Bible join together for America Recycles Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Hillsboro West End Kroger on 21st Avenue South.
Photo 2: Metro Public Works and Kroger partnered together to celebrate America Recycles Day by offering reusable bags made of recycled soda bottles that remind shoppers to #RethinkRecycle.
Photo 3: Metro’s very own Curby gives a thumbs-up for recycling!
Photo 4: Supporters of America Recycles Day pose with Kroger customers who used the free, reusable bags to carry their groceries home in.
Photo 5: Curby helps out a Kroger shopper by bagging her groceries in a 100 percent recycled, reusable grocery bag provided by Metro Nashville Public Works.
About Metro Nashville Public Works
The mission of the Department of Public Works is to deliver a wide range of services that help define the quality of life for Nashville and Davidson County’s residents, businesses and visitors by ensuring a safe and convenient “complete streets” transportation infrastructure; protecting the environment; and creating cleaner, more beautiful and more livable neighborhoods.
About Waste Management
Waste Management is a leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions services in North America, serving more than 21 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. As part of its strategy, it is committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organizations achieve their green goals, including zero waste.
About the Tennessee Department of Transportation
TDOT is a multimodal agency with responsibilities in aviation, public transit, waterways, railroads, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Its involvement ranges from airport improvements to funding transit buses, to planning for river ports.