After three (3) days, all organics (such as paper and food-waste) are broken down in the digesters.
After twenty-eight (28) days, the organics become Grade A compost – used throughout the Southeastern United States for farming and soil erosion control.
In addition to composting municipal waste, SSWI recycles other materials such as: plastic, glass, electronics, oil, and tires. As a result of SSWI recycling efforts, Sevier County has a 70% recycling rate, which is the highest rate in the State of Tennessee. SSWI recycling (in tons) per year is listed below.
|Mixed Plastics||> 450|
|Used Oil||> 40|
Keep Sevier Beautiful
Keep Sevier Beautiful works hand-in-hand with Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. to keep 70% of our waste out of the landfill by educating and engaging residents and businesses on litter prevention, recycling, and beautification opportunities. If you would like to learn more about the organization, please visit their website www.keepsevierbeautiful.org.
Gatlinburg Recycling Collection Center
The Recycling Collection Center will accept:
Aluminum & Steel cans Newsprint
#1 - #7 Plastic Mixed Paper
The City of Gatlinburg has taken the next step in recycling with the opening of a collection center for recyclables in cooperation with Sevier Solid Waste, Inc.
"As stewards of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the residents and business community of Gatlinburg are aware of the responsibility to be environmentally conscious about every aspect of life," said City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle. "This recycling center is another commitment to protecting our community and making it more convenient for everybody to participate in recycling."
The facility is contracted through Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. which is working to increase the availability of recycling in Sevier County.