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Mayor Barry's Citywide Spring Clean April 23 Flyer

Mayor Barry's Citywide Spring Clean April 23 Flyer in Spanish

Mayor Barry's Citywide Spring Clean April 23 Flyer in Arabic

April 23, 2016 will be Nashville's first Citywide Spring Clean event and we need YOUR help to spruce up Nashville!

How You Can Help

  • Organize a clean-up in your neighborhood
  • Hands on Nashville logoRegister your clean-up online and signup for free supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.). Metro Beautification will list your clean-up date, time, location and organizer's contact information on our Upcoming Neighborhood Clean-ups page to help you recruit volunteers.
  • Take before and after pictures
  • Share your pictures on social media and tag Metro Public Works (@nashvillepw or
  • Place all the trash and litter from your clean-up in one spot for Metro Beautification to pickup
  • What to have some fun and Keep Nashville Beautiful at the same time? Download the Litterati App and post photos of what you pickup during your clean-up. If you see something strange or unusual...we want to see it too!

Adopt a Street Program

Adopt a Street and help Keep Nashville Beautiful all year!

The Great American Clean-up

Great American Clean-up

The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring. This national program engages 4 million volunteers who take action in their communities to create positive change and lasting impact.

Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, invite you to join us and your neighbors in the 2016 Great American Clean-up's “CLEAN YOUR BLOCK PARTY!”

From March 1 through May 31, Metro Beautification encourages all Nashvillians to organize a clean-up or beautification event on your own neighborhood!

Litter Statistics

$11,000,000. Yes, you read those zeros right. That's $11 million tax payer dollars our state spends picking up the trash Tennesseans throw down on the ground. That doesn't even count what your city pays to pick up litter in the incorporated areas.

12,000,000 miles are driven each year picking up litter in our state. Think about all the gas that is needed to fuel trucks for litter pick up.

18% of all littered items end up in our streams and waterways as pollution. That means litter in our state travels to other states and eventually ends up in the ocean.

The Tennessee Litter Law is designed to help reduce some of that trash. Smaller amounts of litter will be punished by a $50 fine, while larger fines are reserved for larger amounts. Offenders can mail in the payment to the county clerk or plead not guilty and face the officer in court. If the judge finds the offender guilty, the person must pay the $50 and court costs. It is hoped that this new law will encourage more enforcement, since the fines are more appropriate for the offenses, and in most cases the officer and the offender will not have to go to court. You can read the entire litter law.

Stop Litter. Tennessee's Had Enough
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Volunteer Leader Training Video

Cigarette Butt

Cigarette Butts are Litter

Those discarded cigarette butts don't evaporate and they aren't biodegradable. They are litter. Please, if you're a smoker, do your part and "Hang on to your Butts!"

To request a free pocket ashtray, please call (615) 862-8418.

Pocket Ashtray