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Business Recycling

Commercial BuildingMore than half of Nashville's waste comes from business and industry, so business recycling clearly helps save Metro dollars and landfill space. An environmentally friendly organization also projects a good public image and sets a good example for its employees. But did you know that eliminating wasteful habits, reusing supplies and recycling your waste can cut down on your business costs too?

Take the "Recycle at Work" Pledge

Recycling at Work is a national voluntary initiative challenging businesses, government agencies, schools, hospitals and other institutions to commit to increase workplace recycling by 10 percent. By taking the pledge and becoming a Pledge Partner, businesses and organizations can access special recycling bin discounts, free tools and other resources to help them increase recycling, encourage employee participation, and earn recognition for their actions.

Recycling at Work is led by Keep America Beautiful in partnership with the Alcoa Foundation as part of their Clinton Global Initiative Commitment.

Getting Started

Many businesses have at least some garbage disposal costs that are easily avoided. To find out if yours is one of them, just download the DIY Waste Assessment or follow the 10-Step Action Plan to reduce waste.

Educate your recycling team! Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, a division of Metro Public Works, can provide a speaker or provide a presentation and tour of the Materials Recovery Facility, the location where Metro's recyclables are sorted. Request a speaker

There are also several recycling companies in Nashville that provide recycling collection to businesses, industries, schools, churches, etc. View our list of service companies to find out who wants your business recyclables. If cardboard is part of your waste and your office is in the downtown core area, you could benefit from the downtown cardboard recycling program.

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services offers a free listing service to assist businesses in recycling industrial type products. Businesses can list materials they need or materials they have available.

Listings are updated monthly and can be accessed at the Tennessee Materials Exchange.