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Residential Waste and Recycling Facilities

We receive over 1,800 calls a year to clean up illegally dumped waste and litter. Illegal dumping is an ongoing and highly visible problem.

Residents can legally dispose of waste by calling us at 615-862-8750 to schedule a bulk item pick up, or visiting one of our Convenience Centers.

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Recycling Convenience Centers

East Center
943A Doctor Richard G. Adams Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
615-862-8631
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sun. Noon-4:00 p.m.

Ezell Pike Center
3254 Ezell Pike (Located on Ezell Pike behind the South Police Precinct 5113 Harding Place - Note: for GPS users, please enter 5113 Harding Place)
Nashville, TN 37211
615-880-2530
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sun. Noon-4:00 p.m.

Omohundro
1019 Omohundro Place (entrance on Freightliner Drive)
Nashville, TN 37210
615-880-1955
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Anderson Lane Center
939A Anderson Lane
Madison, TN 37115
615-860-2588
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Holiday Closings

All convenience centers are closed on Metro holidays:

  • January 1 (New Year's Day)
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4 (Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Trash Sources and Limits

Residential Trash only

No commercial or commercially generated waste. No vehicles with commercial tags.

Limits

2 visits per day Monday through Saturday and 1 visit per day on Sunday.

Accepted Items

Waste

Residential trash; scrap metal; furniture / appliances (refrigerators at East & Ezell Pike sites only); mattress and box springs (any combination 4/month); tires (up to 4/month); small amounts of carpet/carpet pad (East, Ezell and Omohundro sites only). No stacked pick-up trucks or trailers loads allowed). Carpet pad must be separated from carpet for recycling; small amounts of construction & demolition waste (East and Omohundro sites only); limit: 1/2-ton pickup stacked to top of truck bed. Please note, all loose material must be bagged.  Download our brochure for more details.

Recyclables

Aluminum & Metal Cans, Glass Bottles (clear, green & brown), Plastic Bottles & Containers (#s 1 - 7), Cardboard, Newspaper & Mixed Paper

Household Hazardous Waste

Learn more about Household Hazardous Waste - Accepted at East and Ezell Centers Only

Cleaners / Solvents, Used Oil / Antifreeze, Batteries, Gas Cylinders, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Florescent Tubes/Bulbs, etc.-- Limit: 15 gal. / 100 lb. per household/month.

Electronic Waste

Learn more about Electronic Waste - Accepted at East, Ezell, and Omohundro Centers Only

Cell Phones, Computers and all accessories (limit one computer system per month), DVD/VCR Players, E-Book Readers, Fax Machines, Monitors, Printers, Tablets, Televisions, etc.

Not Accepted

  • Commercial Waste of any kind
  • Waste in any commercial vehicle or vehicle with commercial tags
  • Gas Tanks
  • Unpainted / Untreated Wood*
  • Leaves / Brush*
  • Asbestos (shingles, flooring, etc.)
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Rock / Brick / Dirt
  • Medical Waste
  • Radioactive Material
  • Ammunition / Flares / Fireworks

* These items may be taken to one of the Yard Waste Processing Facilities.

Wood, Brush, Yard Waste

Residents can also take small amounts of brush and yard waste (no more than a level pickup truck load) to the Ezell Pike Convenience Center. Larger amounts can be taken to Metro's contractor, Nature's Best Organics of Tennessee (see addresses and contact information below). 

Residents dropping off brush and yard waste must follow the guidelines below:

  • Must show proof or Davidson County residency.
  • Acceptable Material: unpainted/untreated wood; limbs and brush; leaves and non-commercial grass clippings only in biodegradable paper bags that are free from any other trash or material. Limbs cannot be more than 4 inches in diameter, longer than 15 feet.
  • Not Acceptable Material: No stumps with root balls and dirt accepted.

Nature’s Best Organics of Tennessee
Phone: 615-730-7238
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
East Side: 1511 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210
West Side: 6401 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209 (entrance by West Nashville Wrecker Service)

Fees

Effective November 1, 2010

All prices are set by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and are not negotiable.

Waste

3 items or less: No Charge
Tires without Rims: No charge (up to 4 tires total/month)
Tires with Rims: $4/each (up to 4 tires total/month)
Small Trailers (less than 4x6x1): $6.00
Standard Pickups (level loads to top of truck rails): $6.00
Stacked Pickup Loads (from top of truck rails to top of cab): $12.00
All Other Loads/Trailers: $12.00 / cubic yard (ALL TRAILERS WILL BE MEASURED AT CENTERS)

Recycling

No Charge