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recycling cartLearn about upcoming changes to trash and recycling collection

E-Waste Ban Begins July 1

Beginning July 1, electronics waste, will be banned from from waste containers.  Electronic waste is highly recyclable and there are multiple electronic waste recycling options for residents and businesses in Nashville to recycle these items.

Holiday Trash and Recycling Pickup

Metro trash and recycling customers whose collection day falls on a holiday (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day or July 4th) will have trash and recycling pickup on the Saturday of that week. Residents who have questions or need further assistance should call (615) 880-1000.

Brush and Yard Waste

The Brush and Yard Waste 2013- 2014 schedule of collection dates is now available for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. You can download the map for your area and sign up for email reminders.

Trash and Recycling Collection During Inclement Weather

In the event that inclement weather makes accessing streets dangerous for collection staff, trash and recycling collection will be postponed until it can be safely resumed. Public Works trash and recycling customers should leave their carts out at the curb or in the alley until the carts are emptied. Collection staff will make every effort to resume normal service as soon as weather and road conditions permit. Customers with backdoor service may experience longer delays. Backdoor customers can assist Public Works collection crews by taking their carts to the curb or alley for collection during times of inclement weather. Back door collection will resume once Public Works determines that streets and driveways are safely accessible for collection staff.

Business Recycling

Check out our business recycling page for a list of service providers, waste reduction and recycling tips and more.

Committed to preserving the environment and improving the lives of the people who live in the communities they serve, RadioShack, in conjunction with Call2Recycle®, will accept all household batteries for recycling at local Nashville RadioShack store locations. Recycling batteries with RadioShack

Backyard Composting

Metro Public Works sells two types of compost containers.

The Recycling Process

Want to see what happens when your recycling cart gets emptied? Check out this video that shows how Nashville's drop-off and curbside recyclables are processed and made into new materials.

Where My Recyclables Go

Find out where all your recycling goes at the Recycling Education Center.

CURBY recycles all kinds of PLASTIC! You can put the following kinds of PLASTIC into your curbside recycling cart and in the PLASTIC bins at drop off centers:

  • YES: All plastic bottles, and all dairy containers (margarine, butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, etc.) labeled 1 – 7.
  • NO: No Styrofoam or plastic bags.

Other Information

Safe Needle Disposal

Metro Public Health recommends following EPA guidelines for disposing of used needles, syringes and other sharps at home.

Safe Needle Disposal Tips

Medication Disposal

Safely dispose of your unused and expired pharmaceuticals

Residential Cooking Oil

Recycle Your Residential Cooking Oil with Metro

Old Electronics and Computer Equipment

Residents of Nashville & Davidson County can take all types of electronics including computers and monitors (limit one computer system per household/month), printers, TVs, microwaves, music and video cassettes, computer disks, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and more. Learn more and find electronic waste drop-off locations.

Residential Trash Services

Trash collection service is provided to single-family homes in the Urban Services District of Nashville. Residential Trash Services Information