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Recycling Services in Nashville

Services Offered

Residential Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling collection is provided to single-family homes in the Urban Services District of Nashville that receive weekly trash cart collection from Metro Public Works. Recycling is collected once a month.

Residential Non-Curbside Recycling

Residents in the General Services District and multi-family complexes throughout the county contract with private haulers. All private haulers are required to offer a recycling option for their trash customers. Contact your private hauler for information on recycling.

Recycling Drop-off Sites

Recycling drop-offs accept all curbside recycling materials as well as glass. Recycling drop-off sites are open 24/7 unless otherwise stated.

Convenience Centers

Convenience Centers accept all curbside recycling materials and glass as well as excess residential trash and other waste items not accepted in curbside trash or recycling carts.

Event Recycling

Metro Public Works has an event recycling container loaner program. You can reserve some containers for your next event.

Business Recycling

There are several private recycling companies in Nashville that provide recycling collection services for businesses. Public Works maintains a list of private companies that collect recycling materials.

Recycle Right

  • Place only the following items in the recycling container.
  • Items must be clean, empty, and dry.
  • Place items loose in the container, Not in a plastic bag.
  • Plastic caps should be left on or thrown away. Do Not place loose caps in the recycling container.
  • Cardboard should be flattened.
  • At recycling drop-off sites, items must be separated into appropriately labeled containers.

Paper and Cartons

examples of paper and paper cartons

  • Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Mail
  • Food and beverage cartons


examples of cardboard

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • Cereal boxes
  • Tissue boxes

Food and Drink Cans

examples of metal cans

  • Food cans
  • Beverage cans

Plastic Bottles, Jars, and Jugs

examples of plastic containers

  • Beverage bottles
  • Kitchen, laundry, and bath bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Plastic food jars

Glass Bottles and Jars

Recycling Drop-Off-Sites Only. Do Not place any glass in curbside recycling cart.

examples of glass containers

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

Leave these out to Recycle Right!

  • No food or liquid. Empty and rinse all containers.
  • No glass in curbside bins. Recycling drop-off site only.
  • Do Not bag recyclables. Place items loose in bin.
  • No plastic bags, plastic wrap, or bubble wrap.
  • No plastic of any kind that is not a bottle, jar, or jug. No takeout containers, Styrofoam, plastic cups or tubs, etc.
  • No hoses, wires, chains, or electronics.
  • No yard waste.
  • No clothing or linens.


Metro Public Works is inspecting recycling carts and placing OOPS tags on carts found with items that cannot be recycled. We will not empty a recycling cart that has an OOPS tag on it.

What To Do If You Get an OOPS Tag

  • Check your OOPS tag for information on what items cannot be recycled.
  • Remove all items that cannot be recycled, even if they were not noted on your OOPS tag.
  • Once you have removed ALL items that cannot be recycled, call hubNashville at 311 to schedule an extra recycling pickup. (Curbside customers are allowed up to three extra pickups per year.)

Removal of Recycling Carts

Recycling carts will be removed if:

  • Items that cannot be recycled are found in your cart two months in a row or on and off over several months.
  • Any recycling cart is being used for trash.
  • Items that cannot be recycled are still found in your cart after reporting the items were removed.

Curbside Collection Information

If you live in a single-family home in Nashville’s Urban Services District, your household is eligible to participate in the curbside recycling program. Eligible households are allowed up to 3 recycling carts at no cost.

Collection Guidelines

  • Eligible households are allowed up to 3 recycling carts at no cost.
  • Recycling is collected once a month.
  • Recycling carts must be place at the curb where you place your trash carts.
  • If recycling pick-up is delayed due to inclement weather, your recycling will be picked-up the following Saturday.

Helpful Recycling Links

Other Recycling Options

Some materials not accepted curbside or at recycling drop-off sites can still be recycled:

Printable Materials and Signage