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Litter Prevention & Community Beautification

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. Last year, these efforts resulted in 580 clean-ups and over 644 tons of litter and illegal dumping picked up from Nashville's streets, alleys and streams.

Mayor Barry's Fall Green 2017

Mayor Barry's Spring Clean

Join Mayor Barry, Hands on Nashville and Metro Public Works for the September 23rd Hands on Nashville Day where volunteers across Nashville with plant trees and daffodil bulbs at Metro schools. Volunteers are needed to make this day a success!

Metro Public Works will also have free daffodil bulbs (supplies are limited so send your request in early) for neighborhood groups wanting to conduct a neighborhood planting day.  Bulbs should be planted in public spaces and common areas in their community where everyone can enjoy them in the spring.  register your planting day and request your bulbs online.

Organize a Clean-up in your Neighborhood

  • Register your clean-up online and signup for free supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.).
  • Let us know if you need help recruiting volunteers and Metro Beautification will list your clean-up date, time, location and organizer's contact information on the Hands of Nashville event calendar.
  • Take before and after pictures
  • Share your pictures on social media and tag Metro Public Works (@nashvillepw or facebook.com/MetroNashvillePublicWorks)
  • Place all the trash and litter from your clean-up in one spot for Metro Beautification to pickup

2016 Fall 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

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!

Litter Statistics

A recent study conducted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation showed the following: 

$15,000,000. 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.

28% of litter is intentional litter, meaning it is thrown right out of vehicle windows.

72% is negligent litter, which includes vehicle debris and trash flying out of uncovered truck beds.

Beverage containers, lids, straws, snack food packaging and cigarette packaging are the biggest problem with deliberate litter.

Learn more about the Nobody Trashes Tennessee campaign.

Nobody Trashes Tennessee

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.

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!
Adopt a Street and help keep Nashville beautiful everyday!

Nobody Trashes Tennessee

Spring Clean 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