Sustainablility Projects & Initiatives
The Town installed solar panels on the roof of a pavilion at McFee Park. The energy generated by the solar panels is sold back to the grid, providing the Town with a credit on its electric bill.
In addition, McFee Park lighting and Town traffic signals operate with LED bulbs, which last longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
All of these practices save the Town money and reduce its overall carbon footprint.
Air Quality & Transportation
The Town operates several Ford Escape hybrid vehicles, which reduces its fuel consumption and overall carbon footprint. Use of these vehicles requires fewer stops at the gas station and reduces pollutants in the atmosphere, leading to cleaner air for our community.
Not only is McFee Park an exceptional destination for outdoor recreation in the Town of Farragut, it is also home to several contemporary water quality demonstrations for environmentally sensitive permanent stormwater infrastructure including:
- Permeable Pavers in lieu of asphalt
- Bio-Swales instead of traffic islands, and
- Lowered curb
These features all combine with aggressive landscaping to allow for optimal stormwater infiltration and evapotranspiration significantly reducing runoff and the potential to transport pollutants off-site.
The following are items that can be placed in the recycling bins:
- Glass bottles and jars: clear, green, amber
- Junk mail, magazines, catalogs and phone books
- Metal cans: aluminum, steel
- Office and school paper
- Plastics #1 through #7
Of course, certain items are not recyclable as part of the standard, single-stream process. Please DO NOT discard the following items in the recycling bins.
- Batteries of any kind
- Bubble wrap
- Food-soiled paper products (such as pizza boxes)
- Hardback books
- Household hazardous waste
- Kitchen waste
- Plastic Bags
- Plastic takeout containers and utensils
- Waxed cartons
- Yard Waste
Town staff recycles many products, including paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, carboard, newspaper, and steel. Currently, recycling bins are located at several places in Town Hall and the Public Works facility. For those utilizing the Community Room at Town Hall, recycling bins are available for plastics and aluminum cans.
In October 2012, the Town conducted a waste audit of Town Hall and McFee Park. The amount of trash and recyclables was determined, which provided valuable information regarding Town waste habits.
A follow-up waste audit was conducted in April 2016 to assess the usage of recycling bins at McFee Park. The information gathered will be useful in determining if recycling bins will be placed at other public locations within Farragut.