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Public Works

Litter Prevention

Mayor Barry’s Community Beautification Efforts

Metro Beautification, a Division of Metro Public Works, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement plans and executes biannual litter collection and beautification efforts. In 2016, these efforts resulted in 94 clean-ups and over 80,000 pounds of litter and illegal dumping picked up from Nashville's streets, alleys and streams.

2016 Fall Green & Clean

Fall Clean & Green

September 19 through October 1st was Mayor Barry's First Fall Green & Clean. The fall Clean & Green was a series of events over two weeks that involved partnering with the Mayor's Office, members of Metro Council, Hands on Nashville, Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Drug Court and other Metro Courts, Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to green and clean the county. There were 31 clean-up and 16 planting events resulting in:

  • 55 trees planted with Hands on Nashville at Metro Public Schools
  • 1,480 daffodil bulbs planted at schools and public areas all over Nashville
  • 47,350 pounds of litter and illegal dumping removed from Nashville's streets, alleys and major corridors
  • 800 volunteers

2016 Citywide Spring Clean

Spring Cleanup logo - tree trunk made of hands holding leaves

April 23, 2016 was Nashville's first Citywide Spring Clean event. THANK YOU for helping to Keep Nashville Beautiful! Here is what you did:

  • 63 Events
  • 33,320 pounds of litter and illegal dumping removed from Nashville’s streets and alleys
  • Over 1,500 volunteers
  • 3 Stream Clean-ups (Cooper Creek, Mill Creek, & Whittemore Branch- a tributary to Mill Creek)
  • 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)
  • 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 where resident (Hermitage, Bellevue and Brentwood) where residents could bring litter and illegal dumping to a central location for pickup by Public Works

Organize a Clean-up in your neighborhood

Other Ways to Help Keep Nashville Beautiful

Adopt a Street and help Keep Nashville Beautiful all year!

Nashville MTA Adopt a Stop Program the Nashville MTA, in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Works Beautification and Environment Commission and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, invites you to adopt a Nashville MTA bus stop!


The Great American Clean-up

Great American Clean-up

The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring. This national program engages 4 million volunteers who take action in their communities to create positive change and lasting impact.

Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, invite you to join us and your neighbors in the 2016 Great American Clean-up's “CLEAN YOUR BLOCK PARTY!”

From March 1 through May 31, Metro Beautification encourages all Nashvillians to organize a clean-up or beautification event on your own neighborhood!

Litter Statistics

$11,000,000. Yes, you read those zeros right. That's $11 million tax payer dollars our state spends picking up the trash Tennesseans throw down on the ground. That doesn't even count what your city pays to pick up litter in the incorporated areas.

12,000,000 miles are driven each year picking up litter in our state. Think about all the gas that is needed to fuel trucks for litter pick up.

18% of all littered items end up in our streams and waterways as pollution. That means litter in our state travels to other states and eventually ends up in the ocean.

The Tennessee Litter Law is designed to help reduce some of that trash. Smaller amounts of litter will be punished by a $50 fine, while larger fines are reserved for larger amounts. Offenders can mail in the payment to the county clerk or plead not guilty and face the officer in court. If the judge finds the offender guilty, the person must pay the $50 and court costs. It is hoped that this new law will encourage more enforcement, since the fines are more appropriate for the offenses, and in most cases the officer and the offender will not have to go to court. You can read the State litter law.

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Register your clean-up online and signup for free supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.)
Sign-up to volunteer for beatification projects in Nashville and help Keep Nashville Beautiful!

Volunteer Leader Training Video

Cigarette Butt

Cigarette Butts are Litter

Those discarded cigarette butts don't evaporate and they aren't biodegradable. They are litter. Please, if you're a smoker, do your part and "Hang on to your Butts!"

To request a free pocket ashtray, please call (615) 862-8418.

Pocket Ashtray