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TNT Recycle

Our Recycling Blog

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Keep it Clean

July 8, 2021

I'm sure everyone has noticed that Franklin, Highlands and surrounding areas have a bad trash-on-the-road problem. There's been a few rants and raves in the Franklin Press newspaper about it at least. How do you feel about it? It's not terrific seeing how careless & selfish people in our society are. Complaining isn't going to change people's minds that decide to be pigs. So what can be done until law enforcement can give out a few large and hefty tickets? Adopt-a-Street is a great initiative!


You've probably seen the signs at the roadsides that announce who has adopted the road (check out TNT Recycle's sign by Nikwasi Mound...you can see it from Hot Spot gas station). If I'm going to preach it, might as well set the example. We've adopted other roads in the county also, not just Nikwasi Lane. 


If you or your family are able to, this is a great way to give back to the community. It teaches young teens to respect our environment and other people's surroundings.  It's not hard labor, but it does require time and energy. The good news is, all the vests, bags and trash grabber will be provided to you free of charge to do the work. 


Check in with your local town or county websites to sign up. There is a need for people to help. Take pride in the area you live. Be the change!

Getting Ready for Gardening and Recycling                                                                   

May 8, 2021

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Gardening is one of the most ancient rituals in humanity. Ever since we were created by God, we've had to eat. The larger the family or village, the larger the garden or crop. Everyone seems to have tips and hints passed down to them from ancestors from the three sisters method employed by Native Americans to the use of tobaccco juice on plant leaves to keep away bugs. Over time, and as new products, containers or materials are produced we incorporate the re-use or recycle of said stuffs into our daily lives and our gardening. 


Many people are getting into re-using materials and recycling it into making a greenhouse. The weather and the hungry critters that roam about one's yard have proven for many that they need a safer method of growing or maintaining their garden. Others just wish to have home grown food year around. Whatever the reason, greenhouses are one of the best projects to use old windows, old containers or even old school buses to make a greenhouse!  


If you ever considered or wanted a greenhouse, instead of buying a kit, try building one from recycled materials instead. This helps our environment, but gives people the chance to use their creativity and ingenuity. It also gives you a chance to have something uniquely your own. Just another smart way to keep stuff out of the landfill and to help out your budget.

TNT Recycle's Idea Book

​​April 22, 2021

So what's the big idea? This book we created is the big idea! We decided that perhaps making a one stop place for several re-duce, re-use & recycling ideas would be nice for those who are interested in it. Sure you can look it up on the internet. Do you have the time? If not, we've done the work for you. 


Although it isn't everything there is about the subject, it is a good start. We also made it a printable PDF so that anyone can (all 29 pages) have it handy. There is a Kids section with fun activities and suggestions for young'uns to get in on the recycling initiative. We've created a "Recycle Song' to help kids with how to recycle and a word scramble to familiarize them with recycle terms. It is important that adults take the time to teach kids how to take care of our resources. Our food, clothes and our health are all inter-related in how we take care of our environment. 


Also, we've included furniture refurbishing suggestions for those who are interested but never really have done it. It's easier than you think. There are picture examples and step-by-step instructions. 


We hope this idea book helps with getting folks excited and involved. Some folks are like smearing green paint across their faces, wearing the recycle shirts and holding up the foam finger shouting "Re-duce, re-use, recycle!" they are so excited about it. But others are modest and want to do so more quietly. This book offers both types something to look forward to. 


Contact us by email at [email protected] for your free book. We will then send you a PDF file which is the free and printable book. Happy Earth Day! - And remember everyday should be a day for helping out our Earth and fellow man.

Teaching Our Kids How to Take Care of God's Good Earth

February 19, 2021

When I was growing up, there wasn't plastic everything (might be showing my age a little bit here). Paper grocery bags was it. We used those paper bags to cover our assigned text books in school. You got Coke-a-cola, Mt. Dew and Pepsi and others in a glass bottle. Getting your lunchmeat & cheese at the deli and wrapped in paper was very common. We had a lot of products in eco-friendly, sustainable packaging. These days it's plastic containers and bags galore. Do you know that only 9% of plastic are recycled? So where's the rest of it going?  It's being incinerated or thrown away. Did you know that plastics are linked to disrupting hormonal growth and carcinogens (which lead to cancers)? 


Did you know that our oceans are really having a problem? According to the Center for Biological Diversity website, "Plastic accumulating in our oceans and on our beaches has become a global crisis. Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences that make up about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces. At current rates plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050." (https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/). If you like your beach vacations, please consider switching to paper and glass products and buying eco-friendly products. If you like eating seafood, it's time to help sustain our food supply before you end up eating lab created seafood meat.


What can be done about it? Easy....stay away from plastic and do what Great-Grandma did....go with paper and glass. There are a lot of these products coming back onto the market as the world has realized that plastic (although cheap) isn't really the greatest thing in the long run.  Check out the bottom of our website's services page for eco-friendly product suggestions. Spread the word to your kids. Teach them "the old way". We are responsible for our actions and who and what it affects. It's a small way to help our future and our kids.

Starting the New Year Right

January 18, 2021

Each New Year brings an opportunity to all of us. We think about what we can change in our lives in bringing a positive impact within our lives.  Some changes are as simple as becoming an eco-friendly household or business.


Here in Macon County, the landfill is slated to last another 50 years. If we choose to stay that course (provided the population doesn't expand too rapidly) then in 50 years who's giving up their backyard to another landfill? Does this help our reputation as a "natural forest, beauty of the mountains" image we like to tell to tourists visiting us? Not really. We as citizens need to fulfill our duty to our country and to our future generations in preserving the beauty of these mountains. 


Recycling saves you and me money. The Macon County Waste Management website has said it keeps our taxes down by recycling. They sell off the recyclables and receive money for it to put back into County needs. I don't know anyone who really wants to pay any more taxes than what we already pay or will in the future. Recycling benefits you and I directly. Our infrastructure could improve a lot if we recycled more. I like that idea, and hope you do too.


We use less natural resources when folks choose to recycle. The American chestnut tree was logged into oblivion. What sense does it make to keep using up our resources until they don't exist? Some might say - "Oh, I don't care...it's just a fad! Tree hugger loving people all souped up on going green!" Not exactly, for those who think that way. It's about using what we have smarter, and not being dumb in demolishing our planet that we live on. It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to take care of the village. Don't be the village idiot that thinks recycling doesn't matter lest cancer & contaminated water supplies plague you. Your health benefits from recycling. If it's recycled and not in the ground, it can't contaminate the water or soil. 


Going green is cheaper in the long run when you buy re-usable products. Think about it. If you buy plastic bags to store food in every other week...how much is that in a year? If you buy re-usable silicone bags ONCE, then compare your savings. Our ancestors in the 1800's did not have plastic everything. They managed. We can too and be a bit richer.


Make a choice this new year to become an eco-friendly household or business and help yourself and your community to be a smarter, better place. You deserve a good life!


Clean-up jobs: Where does all that stuff go?

August 27, 2020

Ahhh! Another great day here in Macon County! The leaves on the trees show subtle change of color and the air is cooler. It's wonderful to be in such a beautiful place to live, but awesome that we recycle to help keep it that way.


If you are reading this, you know that we offer home recycle pick-up. But where does all the stuff from clean-up jobs go? Depends on what it is. Furniture, or other household items, that can be donated go to any thrift store accepting donations. Lately, thrift stores have been full. I suspect with the notorious coronavirus forcing people to work or school from home, be quarantined or are home laid off, are revamping their nests. I mean, if you're going to look at your house a lot, it might as well be as nice as you can get it. I've done it myself (laughing). If we can't find a thrift store accepting donations, then we do hang onto the items until we can get it donated. We don't give up and throw it into the landfill.


No doubt we re-use some of the items for our own use or refurbish it for others to purchase. It's like a garage sale for those we know, but most often we just give the person whatever they need to help them. I've reused old signs to make new ones for my garden. Oooo! a new compost bowl is found! Save the tires, we have a great basket-weave idea for a garden path. Even construction salvage can be taken to salvage places. There's always some place we look to first before anything gets thrown away as the dreaded  "unable to recycle" pile. I hate that pile. My goal is to not to have that pile.


So you see, as I sit on the porch sipping on my coffee looking out over the hint of autumn landscape, I feel good about helping others. There is some good in this world to be done in the midst of 2020 chaos. We just do it in a unique way of recycling.

Projects we are working on:  Refurbishing a side table


Oct. 14, 2020


Somethings just need a little tender loving care. It's a solid piece of furniture this side table you see here, but most people want something modern or a statement piece in their home. The chances of it being bought will improve if the table gets a facelift. 


We work with a few different thrift stores in the area. Some don't always take what we have. That leaves a "reject" pile in which something needs to be figured out how to keep it out of the landfill. Ladies and gentlemen, that spawned another side business for TNT Recycle. Re-furbishing furniture. We are passionate about not just giving up and throwing things away. So the furniture that "no one wants" will have its shining moment.


All it took was a bit of paint, a distressing technique applied to the paint, then new knobs to give it character. Now....just need to get the word out its for sale! 



Books, books and more books!


November 3, 2020


Who do you call when you have an over load of books? TNT Recycle! Our employees are passionate about getting someone's unwanted items into the hands of someone that would find it a gem. In this case, the picture to the left shows our employees loading up the truck with about 25 boxes of books of all different subjects. We will be filling up the little libraries here in Macon County so that anyone can enjoy a good book. We will also be finding area facilities or programs that may be needing a donation of books to give the gift of reading. If you know of such a program or facility in need, please give us a call at (828) 347-6569. We can set you up with books, books and more books!

December 3, 2020 - Franklin Christmas Parade on Nov. 29, 2020


It's the most wonderful time of year indeed! We had the pleasure of participating in the Town of Franklin, NC Christmas parade and offering a "Around the Christmas Tree" theme using recycled materials. Ornaments on the tree were made of plastic soda bottles and cardboard. We wrapped some of our presents with green & blue bubble wrap we picked up from clean-up jobs, and blue trash bags from recycle pick-ups that we've collected. We used a wooden basket from a clean-up job as well. We made a silver woodland critter from plastic containers, aluminum cans and then spray painted it silver. It was a lot of fun coming up with ideas to make new things from what people would otherwise call trash. There were hundreds of people lined up watching the parade and it was live via Facebook. You can watch the parade on Facebook by visiting the Franklin Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page, click on videos and select the 2020 Christmas parade. We pass by the camera about 16 minutes into the video! Merry Christmas!


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