Approximately 28% of the waste that Nashville residents create each year is food and yard waste that could be composted! Composting is nature's way of recycling food and yard waste. It is a process that naturally occurs when organic materials are returned to the soil through decomposition. By composting at home, you help keep food waste out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
How you can compost
- Drop-off at a Metro convenience Center (free)
- At home (free)
- Through a local business
Drop-off at a Metro Convenience Center
Davidson County residents can take their food waste to any Metro's convenience centers free of charge.
Materials accepted at the Metro Convenience Center Drop-offs
Materials can be put into a compostable bag (can be purchased on-line or at a local grocery and big box store), paper bag, small paper/cardboard box, or dumped in loosely into the container at the convenience center.
- Fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs
- Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags
- Dairy products and egg shells
- Meat, shellfish, fish, bones, and shells
- Pasta, breads, cereals, baked goods, snack foods, and candy
- Soiled napkins, paper towels, cardboard rolls, cotton balls
- Paper plates and cups (including cups from coffee, soda)
- Soiled pizza boxes and paper take-out containers
- Paper egg cartons, liners and other paper food packaging
- Cut flowers and household plants
- Dryer lint
- Hair and nail clippings
- Pet food and pet hair
Materials not accepted
- Plastic, expanded foam
- Metal, aluminum foil
- Animal or human waste
- Dryer sheets
How to Compost At Home
Composting in Your Yard
Learn how to compost food and yard waste in your backyard.
If you live in an apartment or other small space, have very limited outdoor space, or want to compost at work, then worm composting is for you. Composting with worms, or vermiculture, is a simple, natural way to create your own fertilizer using food waste, and it can be done indoors.
Composting Through a Local Business