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Municipal Solid Waste Generation by Material - EPA 2013

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 can be put in a compostable bag (can be purchased online or at a local grocery/big box store), paper bag, small paper/cardboard box (paper ice cream containers are perfect) or dumped loosely into the container at the convenience center. Download a list of acceptable compost material.

At Home

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.

Through a local business

Backyard Compost Bins Available from Metro Public Works

Composters are available for sale at:

Omohundro Convenience Center
1019 Omohundro Place
Nashville, TN 37210

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 a.m.


Payment may be made in cash or check (payable to Metro Public Works).

All sales are FINAL. No returns or exchanges.

Earth Machine Compost Bin

The Earth Machine compost bin

The Earth Machine compost bin is available for $50 (price includes tax). This 80-gallon capacity bin is made of recycled plastic and has a screw-on lid. Perfect for composting leaves, lawn & garden clippings and vegetarian food scraps (no meat, fat or bones). Instruction booklet included.

Green Cone Digester

Green cone digester

Currently there is a limited supply of Green Cone digesters. Please call 615-880-1955 for availability.

Perfect for anyone who wants to dispose of their food scraps in their own yard, but doesn't want to make compost. This is a food scrap digester. Food waste placed in the Green Cone is digested by naturally occurring microbes and decomposers found in the soil. This composter accepts ALL FOOD WASTE, including meat and bones! The photo shows the Green Cone placed in a raised bed. See how the Green Cone works. Cost is $110.

School Composting

Sylvan Park composting bin

School Composting information

Schools are eligible to receive free and/or loaner compost bins.

milk in gallon jugs with "best if used by..." dates stamped on them

Food Waste in America

Forty percent of the food produced in America never gets eaten! Learn more and find ways to reduce your food waste: