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Event Recycling Container Loaner Program

Recycling ContainerRecycling at your next event and need some containers? Metro Public Works has an event recycling container loaner program.

Please complete and submit the reservation form by email or fax to 615-862-8799

About the Event Recycling Containers

  • Availability: Event Recycling Containers are reserved on a first-come-first served basis.
  • Pick Up and Return Policy: The person reserving the event containers is responsible for arranging to pick up and return the containers between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM Monday through Friday at the Metro Public Works Warehouse, located at 750 S. 5th Street.
  • Missing Items Policy: A $50 replacement fee will be charged for missing event containers.
  • Recyclables collected from your event can be dropped off at one of the Metro Public Works recycling drop-off sites. Please only collect paper, plastic bottles & containers, metal cans and aluminum cans in the event recycling containers.

Greening Your Next Event by Reducing Waste & Recyclingcardboard box

Cardboard must be recycled!
Per Metropolitan Code 10.20.095 cardboard cannot be placed in waste containers

Below are some basic guidelines that will help you successfully manage the waste and recycling collection at your event.

  • Appoint a staff person or volunteer over the waste and recycling for the event.
  • Determine what types of waste you will have and what can be recycled. Check with vendors to see what types of material they will be using.
  • Communicate your waste and recycling plan to event staff, sponsors and vendors to ensure everyone is on board.
  • If your event will have exhibitors, ask them to limit handouts and other items that may end up as waste or litter.
  • Determine the best collection methods for trash and recycling and if you need to contract with a contractor for collection services.
  • Label containers clearly so that participants and vendors know what can be recycled at the event.

At the Event

Container Guidelines by Number of Attendees
Number of Attendees Trash Containers Recycling Containers
less than 1,000 10 10
1,000-5,000 20 20
5,000-10,000 30 30
10,000-20,000 40 40
greater than 20,000 60 60
  • Place trash and recycling containers together. There should be an recycling container for every trash container throughout the event area.
  • If possible, have volunteers or event staff at each trash/recycling container to educate attendees. Identify an area for vendors to place cardboard for recycling.
  • Promote recycling from the stage.

Per Metropolitan Code 10.20.095- All cardboard must be recycled and cannot be placed in trash containers.

Private Waste and Recycling Providers

Find contact information on area recyclers that will provide collection service for paper, cardboard, plastic and cans.

Event recycling trailer

Metro Beautification Teams Up with Tennessee Titans for Tailgate & Stadium Recycling!

Veronica, Walter and VIckieTailgating Titans fans were met by recycling volunteers handing out paper bags to use for collecting recyclable bottles, cans and clean paper. This marks the first time that tailgaters have had the opportunity to recycle at LP Field. Recycling in both the tailgating area and inside the stadium will become a part of theTitans Fan experience this football season.

Veronica Frazier, Metro Beautification Executive Director; Walter Overton, Facilities Manager, LP Field; and Vickie Ingram, Metro Beautification prepare for recycling!

T-Rac Recycles! T-Rac Recycles! Do you?

Now you can recycle at all Titans Football games and in the tailgating area!

Veronica Frazier and Russell Brecheen stand with Recycling Banner
Veronica Frazier, Executive Director, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission and Russell Brecheen, Chairman, greet the recycling volunteers at the Tennessee Titans Tailgating parking lot

Titans Recycling BagsMetro Beautification & CMA Partner to Recycle at LP Field Concerts

Proceeds benefit “Keep the Music Playing” charity for area schools

Fans Recycling


LP Field

Patio Level Recycling