Approximately 28% of the waste that Nashville residents create each year is food and yard waste that could be composted! Composting is nature's way of recycling food and yard waste. It is a process that naturally occurs when organic materials are returned to the soil through decomposition. By composting at home, you help keep food waste out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Compost and your Garden
Using compost in your garden improves the structure and fertility of garden soil. It makes clay soil drain better, and it makes sandy soil hold more water. Compost adds nutrients to the soil and provides a source of good bacteria. This home-grown additive will bring your soil to a neutral pH and help prevent plant diseases.
How to Compost Food and Yard Waste in your Backyard
If you live in an apartment or other small space, have very limited outdoor space, or want to compost at work, then worm composting is for you. Composting with worms, or vermiculture, is a simple, natural way to create your own fertilizer using food waste, and it can be done indoors.
Get your Composting Questions Answered
Email your questions on backyard composting to Metro's recycling coordinator.
Become a Composting Expert - Davidson County Master Composter Class
Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, a division of Metro Public Works offers the Master Composter Class each fall. Email us to be placed on the waiting list. The Master Composter Class is designed to provide practical and in-depth information about backyard composting techniques & bins and institutional & municipal composting techniques and issues. The purpose of the class is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills so that they can teach others the basics of backyard composting and be informed about composting possibilities in the community.
Do you love your compost or compost bin? Send us a photo and description!
Backyard Compost Bins Available from Metro Beautification
To encourage backyard composting, Metro Beautification/Public Works has compost bins and supplies available at our Omohundro Convenience Center.
Omohundro Convenience Center
1019 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210
Hours: Tues. - Sat., 8:30am - 4:30p.m.
Payment may be made in cash or by check (payable to Metro Public Works)
All sales are FINAL. No returns or exchanges.
If you have questions about the appropriateness of the composting bin for your situation, please read the compost information on this website before making your final selection.
Find a Commercial Composting Company
Interested in commercial composting for your business? Search the national database of compost companies.