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Mayor Briley Announces Major Grants To Increase Recycling Collection

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Mayor David Briley today announced two grants of a combined $2.8 million from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), The Recycling Partnership and beauty brand Love Beauty and Planet that will increase recycling collection in Nashville from once a month to every-other-week.

The increased recycling will be fully expanded by early 2020.

Metro will use the grants to buy 16 collection vehicles and provide 8,000 more recycling carts to households allowing them to access curbside recycling service. The Recycling Partnership will also provide funding and expert technical assistance to implement an education and outreach campaign to support its curbside recycling program. The program will affect more than 139,000 Metro Nashville households.

“We have a high quality of life here in Nashville, but it’s my job to always work to improve it,” said Mayor Briley. “By upping recycling collection and enhancing our education campaign around it, we can continue to make our city greener and more sustainable. I am grateful for these grants and our partners in this effort. I know it will go a long way towards making our city an even more beautiful place.”

“This funding from the Partnership and TDEC enables us to positively impact a massive amount of Davidson County residents,” say Mark Sturtevant, Metro Nashville Public Works Director. “We’ve been waiting a long time to go from monthly to every-other-week collection. Public Works is thrilled to finally be able to improve our recycling program and collect more quality recyclables at the curb.”

“TDEC is pleased to be able to offer this funding to Nashville to support its waste reduction goals,” said Greg Young, TDEC deputy commissioner. “This will impact a large amount of Tennesseans and, ultimately, the broader region as we look to support reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills across the state.”

“The grants to Metro Nashville is a powerful example of how partnership can drive real change,” says Rob Taylor, Director of Grants and Community Development at The Recycling Partnership. “TDEC’s support combined with donations from our funding partners, especially Love Beauty and Planet, make this work possible. Increasing collection frequency and growing access to recycling service while providing education to residents is a comprehensive model for recycling success.”

“Love Beauty and Planet believes that small acts of love can make the planet a little cleaner, greener, and more beautiful. We see recycling as one such small act that individuals can do that adds up for a big impact,” says Molly Landman, Global Brand Director for Love Beauty and Planet. “We’re thrilled to contribute proceeds from our Carbon Tax Fund to support the transformation of recycling in the city of Nashville and The Recycling Partnership’s work across the country.”