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Metro Seeks Input from Residents on Nashville's Waste and Recycling Future


Jenna Smith 615-880-2439 direct, 615-967-8186 cell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Davidson County Solid Waste Regional Board (the Board) met last week to discuss the creation of a long term solid waste master plan for Nashville. The plan will assess and evaluate solid waste management options for both commercial and residential waste streams as well as other waste streams, such as organics, to provide recommendations and an action plan for how they can best be managed.  The new Solid Waste Master Plan will replace Davidson County’s current 10 Year Solid Waste Plan which was approved by the Board in December 2008 and will expire next year. The study will review innovations, best practices, and strategies for excellence in waste management regionally, nationally, and globally.

Prior to formalizing a scope for the study, Metro Public Works and the Board are conducting an online survey to gather input from citizens on their vision for the future of Nashville’s waste and recycling. Metro Public Works will evaluate the feedback received from the survey for incorporation into the study scope. The next step will be working with the Board to create a long-term Solid Waste Master Plan to guide how Nashville manages waste and recycling in the future. The study will include a public process to further engage community members in conversations about the direction of waste and recycling management and services for the community.

Complete a survey online - input will be accepted through Aug. 31. Paper copies of the survey are available to be completed at the Metro Public Works Department located at 750 S. 5th Street in Nashville.

"We need to understand what is important to our residents,” said Public Works Director Mark Macy. “How we handle our waste, where it is disposed, and which waste reduction and recycling strategies we implement will have an enormous impact on our quality of life. A great city is an environmentally healthy one and is clean and inviting to tourists, and to those who live and work here."