Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will be in Knoxville Monday to get public input about the ways in which the state should handle solid, industrial and hazardous waste. The agency is in the process of creating a new solid waste management plan that will guide the state through the year 2025. Today’s meeting at TDEC’s Knoxville Field Office will kick off a second round of public meetings throughout the state.
The first round of meetings in March featured a lot of discussion about how involved the state should be when it comes to recycling and whether it should have the authority to impose recycling standards on cities, counties and businesses that are already strapped for cash.
Later this year, TDEC is planning a round of public hearings to gather input on a draft plan.