Johnson City began its voluntary, curbside recycling program in 1989. As an outstanding role model in environmental and energy conservation, the long-term success and commitment of Johnson City was recognized with the first-ever Tennessee Municipal League’s Green City Leadership Award. Since 1989, the City has recycled more than 131,200 tons of recyclable materials. The program’s services include curbside, commercial, and drop-off. There are five conveniently located drop-off recycling stations across the city, allowing for greater participation not only by city residents but by neighbors as well. The City also provides special event recycling. Attendees can recycle plastic and aluminum; vendors can recycle cardboard and cooking oil. Recycling is also available at most City parks and athletic fields.