Sevier County Tennessee: Municipal Composting Champ!


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Sevier County, in the heart of Tennessee’s Smokey Mountains, is a strange place to find the number one municipal compost plant in the United States. You’d think that someplace like California would host this kind of super-efficient technology. However, in terms of municipal solid waste composting, Sevier County’s compost plant was recently ranked as number one in the nation for volume. Tom Leonard, of Sevier Solid Waste Inc. (SSWI) is very proud of this recognition, and states that the plant will only get better. Their goal is to run the best solid waste system in the world. Not only does this plant create useful compost, it also helps to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by large landfills, and therefore, helps to reduce global warming. The plant has received wide international interest as well, with visitors coming from places like China and Spain to tour the plant. Congratulations! Read more here.