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Metro Public Works Adds Composting to Two Area Convenience Centers

November 16, 2017
Kelly Brockman, 615-880-2439

54 percent of Material Going to Landfill Could Be Composted

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Metro Public Works has added composting collection containers to two area convenience centers in the Nashville area. The decision to add composting was supported by a recent waste characterization study that showed 54 percent of material heading to the landfill could have been composted.

“As part of our vision to be the greenest city in the Southeast, we knew we needed to add composting collection sites for our residents,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “We are excited that Public Works has stepped up to implement this initiative and we look forward to expanding this to other areas across the city.”

Metro Public Works was recently awarded an Organics Management Grant from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to promote back yard composting and the new compost drop off sites. Educational workshops will be provided all over Nashville and complimentary compost bins will be provided for many participants through this funding.

“We're excited to get this grant because we know education and community outreach are critical in changing habits and increasing the amount of materials that are composted,” Sharon Smith, Assistant Director of Public Works. “We feel it is our responsibility as a department to respond to the research which shows a clear need for more options than just back-yard composting. This approach will really help us move forward with proper organics disposal.”

Once the compostable material is collected, it is taken to a licensed processing facility here in Tennessee, where it is properly composted and becomes soil. Materials that can be dropped off include fruits, vegetables, compostable take-out containers/utensils, paper-based products, soiled paper towels/napkins, waxed paper, cardboard, meat, and dairy products. For more information on backyard composting and workshops visit Compost.Nashville.gov.

Location and Hours for New Compost Collection Stations:
Omohundro Center
1019 Omohundro Place (entrance on Freightliner Drive)
Nashville, TN 37210
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

East Center
943A Doctor Richard G. Adams Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sun. Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Metro Public Works and the Davidson County Solid Waste Region Board are working on a long-term Solid Waste Master Plan with the ultimate goal of achieving zero waste going to the landfill. The purpose of the Master Plan is to evaluate Davidson County’s existing waste management system and provide options to increase waste reduction and diversion. For more information, please visit ZeroWaste.Nashville.gov.