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Fall Green & Clean

September 20, 2016 Press Release: Mayor Barry’s Fall Green & Clean Events Lead Up to October 1 Community-Wide Cleanup Day

Fall Clean & Green

You can Help Keep Nashville Beautiful!

October 1, 2016 will be Nashville's first Fall Green & Clean event! We need you to help Keep Nashville Beautiful by organizing a clean-up or planting event in your neighborhood! Follow the guidelines below or register your event and get free supplies or daffodil bulbs!

Organize an event in your neighborhood

  • Register your clean-up online and signup for free supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.). Metro Beautification will list your clean-up date, time, location and organizer's contact information on our Upcoming Neighborhood Clean-ups page to help you recruit volunteers.
  • Register your planting event online and signup for free daffodil bulbs (supplies are limited so request your free daffodil bulbs as soon as possible!) NOTE: Bulbs should be planted in public spaces, common areas, etc. where everyone can enjoy them in the spring.
  • Take before and after pictures
  • Share your pictures on social media and tag Metro Public Works (@nashvillepw or
  • Place all the trash and litter from your clean-up in one spot for Metro Beautification to pickup

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!

2016 Citywide Spring Clean

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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

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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Nashville's Earth Day Festival - April 22, 2017

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