Curbside Recycling returning to Chattanooga on November 1
City says they have enough new drivers in the pipeline to resume the service
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The city of Chattanooga has set November 1st as the date for the return of curbside recycling.
The mayor suspended the service in July for recycling pickup at homes due to a shortage of drivers. Normal garbage service was never interrupted.
Now city officials say they have enough qualified CDL drivers in the hiring pipeline to resume the pickups.
Of course, a big boost was the 42% pay raise offered, which was just formally approved in the city budget this week.
“Since having to pause curbside recycling due to a labor shortage, Public Works and HR have done everything possible to recruit and hire new CDL drivers so we could hit the ground running once we had a budget,” said Chief of Staff Brent Goldberg. “Now that we’re able to provide essential pay to our essential workers, we can maintain continuity to the services that make cities livable and sustainable—the services that Chattanoogans expect and depend on.”
Public Works will empty curbside recycling bins using the zone-based collection schedule to which the department previously adhered; to find out where your residence falls in the biweekly collection schedule by zone, visit the website here.
Between now and Nov. 1, residents may drop off their presorted recyclables at any of Public Works’ five area convenience centers, open 7 days per week:
· 5955 Brainerd Road
· 1250 E. 3rd Street
· 3189 Cummings Hwy
· 8004 Batters Place Road
· 4504 N. Access Road
Residents may also call 311 at 423-643-6311 with any additional questions.