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Public Works

Trash Collection

The Division of Waste Management provides trash collection to single-family residences in the Urban Services District. Trash collection is available to businesses in the Urban Service District (USD) and the Downtown Business District (DBD). The number of containers and the frequency of collection vary depending upon the location of the business.

Businesses who have more trash than fall within the guidelines on the following pages, or who are outside the USD must contract with a private service for disposal.

Holiday Trash and Recycling Pickup Schedule

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.

Upcoming Changes to Waste Collection in Davidson County

In August of 2010, the Metropolitan Council passed an updated Solid Waste Code. Residents and businesses will experience changes in how waste collection is handled throughout the county. Below is a summary of waste collection changes:

Residents & Businesses that use Brown or Gray Public Works Trash Carts

  • Urban Services District
    • yard waste (including leaves and grass clippings) must be placed in biodegradable paper bags for collection.
    • July 1, 2012 - Metro no longer issues or replaces more than 2 trash carts for each address. Residents and businesses that currently have more than 2 trash carts will be able to continue their same level of waste collection service, however, will be charged for the collection and disposal fee for waste in additional carts.
    • July 1, 2013 – residents and businesses throughout Davidson County will no longer be allowed to place cardboard, a recyclable material, in trash carts. Cardboard can be recycled through curbside ;recycling pick up and at all of Metro's recycling drop-off sites and convenience centers. A listing of Metro recycling drop off sites can be accessed at:http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Neighborhood-Services/Recycling/Recycling-Drop-off-Sites.aspx. Information on and a listing of Metro Convenience Centers can be accessed at: http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Neighborhood-Services/Recycling/Residential-Waste-and-Recycling-Facilities.aspx . Metro curbside recycling customers may request additional recycling carts at no charge by calling (615) 862-8750 or (615) 880-1000.
    • July 1, 2015 – residents and businesses will not be allowed to place electronic waste of any type in trash carts.

Important Notice

In order to reduce possibility of stolen or lost carts, carts must be put away in a secure location after collection.

  • Metro Code 10.20.110a specifies, "Containers may be placed for collection along public alleys, streets and sidewalks only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the scheduled collection day. At all other times, containers must be stored at a location at the rear or side of the premises or at a location approved by the Director so as to not be visible from a public street." The cost for a replacement cart is $46.50.

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Residential Trash Collection and Business Trash Collection.

  • Downtown Core Area
    • July 1, 2011 – no yard waste will be allowed in trash carts.
    • July 1, 2013 – residents and businesses throughout Davidson County will no longer be allowed to place cardboard, a recyclable material, in trash carts. Cardboard can be recycled at all of Metro's recycling drop-off sites and convenience centers. A listing of Metro recycling drop off sites can be accessed at: http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Neighborhood-Services/Recycling/Recycling-Drop-off-Sites.aspx.
    • July 1, 2015 – residents and businesses will not be allowed to place electronic waste of any type in trash carts.

Get more information on Trash Collection in the Downtown Core Area.

Businesses that use Dumpsters, Compactors or Carts with Private Haulers

  • Urban Services, Downtown Core Area or General Services District
    • July 1, 2011 – no yard waste will be allowed in dumpsters or compactors.
    • July 1, 2013 – businesses will no longer be allowed to place cardboard in trash carts. Businesses will be able to recycle by contacting their waste hauler or a private recycler.
    • July 1, 2015 – businesses will not be allowed to place electronic waste of any type in dumpsters or compactors.

For more information or questions about Nashville's trash collection program, please call (615) 880-1000
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Upcoming Waste & Recycling Changes