We believe that many small, sensible acts can bring about positive change.
Since 1990 we’ve recycled all of our cardboard, mixed paper, aluminum and steel cans, plastic and glass containers. . We keep multiple recycling and compost stations throughout employee areas to further encourage this practice. With no commercial pickup for recycling in downtown Knoxville, we keep a truck on hand to make twice weekly trips to the recycling center on State Street.
Over twenty-three years, it’s estimated that we’ve recycled approximately 68,000 pounds of mixed paper; 52,000 pounds of steel cans; 10,000 pounds of aluminum cans; 25,000 pounds of plastic bottles; 534,000 pounds of glass bottles; and over 1 million pounds of cardboard.
Beginning in 2005 we began a partnership with Beardsley Farm where we collect all of our vegetable scraps and coffee grounds. Once a week, volunteers from the farm come by our Market Square store and collect food waste that will be used as compost and turned into produce, which is then donated to Family Crisis Center, Bridge Refugee Services, Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries and Western Heights Baptist Center. We currently collect 220 pounds of vegetable waste per week. That’s over 10,000 pounds per year!
We keep our air conditioning at moderate levels to conserve energy and use energy saving compact fluorescent lights where possible to save even more. We purchase blocks of green power from Knoxville Utilities Board to offset some of our traditional power consumption. We turn our lights off at night.