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Public Works

Litter Prevention and Community Beautification

Spring Clean 2018

A big "THANK YOU" to everyone who helped make this year's Sprig Clean a success. Here is what we accomplished together:

  • 46 Clean-up Events
  • 26 Council Districts
  • 827 Volunteers
  • 40.3 Tons of Litter and Illegal Dumping Collected
  • 9.2 Tons of Secure Paper Shredding and Recycling
  • 1.4 Tons of E-Waste Recycled

Please consider organizing a clean-up in your neighborhood again this year to help us keep Nashville beautiful!. You can Register your clean-up online and signup for free supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.).

Mayor Barry's Spring Clean

Fall Green

Every fall Metro Public Works provides free daffodil bulbs (supplies are limited so send your request in early) for neighborhood groups wanting to conduct a neighborhood planting day. Bulbs should be planted in public spaces and common areas in their community where everyone can enjoy them in the spring. register your planting day and request your bulbs online.

Organize a Clean-up in your Neighborhood

  • Register your clean-up online and signup for free supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.).
  • Let us know if you need help recruiting volunteers and Metro Beautification will list your clean-up date, time, location and organizer's contact information on the Hands of Nashville event calendar.
  • 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

Other Ways to Help Keep Nashville Beautiful

Adopt a Street and help Keep Nashville Beautiful all year!

Nashville MTA Adopt a Stop Program the Nashville MTA, in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Works Beautification and Environment Commission and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, invites you to adopt a Nashville MTA bus stop!

Litter Statistics

A recent study conducted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation showed the following:

$15,000,000. Yes, you read those zeros right. That's $15 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.

28% of litter is intentional litter, meaning it is thrown right out of vehicle windows.

72% is negligent litter, which includes vehicle debris and trash flying out of uncovered truck beds.

Beverage containers, lids, straws, snack food packaging and cigarette packaging are the biggest problem with deliberate litter.

Learn more about the Nobody Trashes Tennessee campaign.

Nobody Trashes Tennessee

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 State litter law.

Register your clean-up online and signup for free supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.)
Sign-up to volunteer for beatification projects in Nashville and help Keep Nashville Beautiful!
Adopt a Street and help keep Nashville beautiful everyday!
NOTICE Volunteer Leader Toolkit

Nobody Trashes Tennessee

Spring Clean 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