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Mayor Barry’s Citywide Spring Cleanup: 33,000 pounds of litter removed in 1 day

April 27, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 27, 2016) – Mayor Megan Barry’s April 23 Citywide Spring Cleanup was a huge success with Nashvillians working on multiple fronts throughout the county to clean up and beautify our community. April 23 was a day Nashvillians came together to work to make Nashville and Davidson County a better, and prettier, place to live, work, and visit. 63 clean up events were held, 1500 volunteers worked, and 33,000 pounds of litter and illegal dumping were removed from Nashville’s streets and alleys in 1 day.

“The citywide cleanup on Saturday, April 23, put us solidly on a path to a cleaner and more beautiful city. It was an unprecedented and historic day for Nashville’s quality of life,” said Mayor Barry. “I could not be more proud of Nashvillians for joining me in sprucing up our neighborhoods. The combined efforts of councilmembers, state and Metro departments, neighborhood groups, community partners and citizens displayed Nashville’s true community spirit.”

There was a cleanup in every one of Nashville’s 35 council districts. Included in the 63 events were 3 stream clean-ups (Cooper Creek, Mill Creek, & Whittemore Branch- a tributary to Mill Creek) and 6 beautification projects (Robert E. Lilliard Design Center, John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet Elementary, Hillwood High School, McGavock Elementary School and the Hermitage Library). In conjunction with the Spring cleanup, Comcast employees, through their Comcast Cares Volunteer program, provided volunteers for several of the larger cleanups and Hands On Nashville provided training to volunteer cleanup leaders.

The following additional events were also a part of the cleanup:

  • 1 secure paper shred event at Hermitage Police Precinct - 4,600 lbs. of shredded paper recycled
  • 1 electronic waste collection event – 800 lbs. of electronic waste recycled
  • 3 bulk collection sites (Hermitage, Bellevue and Brentwood) where residents could bring litter and illegal dumping to a central location for pickup by Metro Public Works
  • 1,300 tires picked up in the days leading up to April 23rd by Metro Public Works and the Metro Beautification Community Service program at an illegal tire dumpsite in Madison (TDEC helped fund this pick up and the tires were recycled)

Litter cleanup costs the U.S. more than an estimated $11.5 billion according to a National litter study conducted by Keep America Beautiful. Because people tend to litter where they see litter, a strong contributor to the littering problem is the very existence of litter. Therefore, 1 of the better strategies toward eradicating litter is to clean it up and dispose of it properly. Additionally, Keep America Beautiful research has found that reducing the amount of existing litter in a location is a proven and effective way to reduce the rate of future littering – that, and public awareness about the problems associated with litter.

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, runs each year from March 1 through May 31. This year, a record-setting 107 volunteer cleanups in Nashville and Davidson County have already been scheduled during the Great American Cleanup. To organize a clean-up and/or to volunteer at an existing cleanup during the Great American Cleanup or throughout the year, visit: stoplitter.nashville.gov or call (615) 862-8418.

To learn more about litter prevention and how to help, visit: stoplitter.nashville.gov.

2016 Citywide Spring Clean Facts, Partners, and Event Summary

Mayor Megan Barry, Old Glenrose/Whitsett Park Cleanup
Napier Place Clean Up
Robert E. Lillard Design Center Beautification Project
Madison Clean Up