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Public Works Rolls Out Expanded Dual Stream Trash, Recycling Containers Program


150 dual stream trash and recycling containers to be installed on Downtown Streets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Beginning this week, as part of an ongoing effort to keep more recyclable materials from being sent to landfills, Metro Public Works is expanding its recycling program by replacing 150 trash containers in the downtown area with dual stream trash and recycling containers. The recycling containers will be installed along Broadway and on downtown streets between 1st Avenue North and 7th Avenue North where there are high levels of pedestrian traffic.

dual stream trash/recycling containerPaper, plastic bottles and containers, and metal and aluminum cans can be tossed in the recycling containers which will be collected by Public Works staff 5 days a week and transported to the recycling facility for processing. This addition grows the current downtown recycling program which includes recycling containers on Church Street, Deaderick Street, and portions of Korean Veteran’s Boulevard.

“Putting 150 additional recycling containers in high-traffic areas downtown is a great way for the city to encourage recycling and conservation even more than it already does," Mayor Megan Barry said. "As Nashville continues to attract new residents and visitors and bring more jobs downtown, this will give everyone more opportunities to help the environment.”

“We are pleased to be able to expand recycling services in the downtown area," said Mark Macy, Public Works Interim Director. “The initial downtown recycling program which consisted of recycling containers on just a few streets, was highly successful and demonstrated that when offered the opportunity, people will recycle.”

Installation is projected to be complete by late November.

Recycling saves landfill space, reduces disposal costs at the landfill, and is a sustainable, environmentally friendly practice that benefits current and also future generations. For more information on Nashville’s recycling programs, please visit: