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Trash and Recycling Services in Nashville

waste services logoPublic Works provides convenient ways for Davidson County residents to dispose of residential trash, recyclables, and other waste items that require proper disposal. Residents that live in a single-family home in Nashville’s Urban Services District (USD), are eligible for curbside trash and recycling collection. All Nashville and Davidson County residents can use our Metro Convenience Centers and Metro Recycling Drop-off Sites.

Collection Schedule and Waste Wizard

Find the proper disposal location for your waste items, look up your curbside collection days, and sign up for collection reminders below.

Notice: Trash and Recycling Collection Route Changes Begin November 2, 2020

To improve our curbside collection in our growing city, trash and recycling collection will be moving from 4 days a week to 5 days a week starting Monday, November 2. As a result, most curbside customers will have a new collection day for curbside trash and/or recycling. For more information on changes and your new collection day, visit our New Collection Schedule webpage.

Services Offered

Recycling Collection

Curbside recycling collection is provided to single-family homes in the Urban Services District of Nashville. Recycling is collected once a month. Residents in the General Services District and multi-family complexes throughout the county contract with private haulers for waste and recycling collection.

More about Recycling Collection.

Trash Collection

Curbside trash collection is provided to single-family homes in the Urban Services District of Nashville. Trash is collected once a week. Residents in the General Services District and multi-family complexes throughout the county contract with private haulers for waste and recycling collection.

More about Trash Collection.

Composting Services

Nashville and Davidson County residents can take their food waste to any Metro Convenience Center free of charge. Residents and businesses have the option to pay for curbside compost collection. Metro Public Works also offers backyard compost bins for sale at our Omohundro Convenience Center.

More about Composting Services.

Household Hazardous Waste

Many household items may be harmful to the environment if disposed of improperly. Metro residents can dispose of up to 15 gallons or 100 pounds of unwanted and unused household hazardous waste at the East or Ezell Pike Convenience Center each month at no charge.

More about Household Hazardous Waste.

Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic waste is not allowed in waste containers and should be recycled. Nashville and Davidson County residents can recycle unwanted electronics at the East, Ezell Pike and Omohundro Convenience Centers at no charge.

More about Electronic Waste Recycling.

Pharmaceuticals Disposal

Metro residents can take all kinds of unused, expired, or over-the-counter medications to several Metro Police Precincts.

More about Pharmaceuticals Disposal.

Quick Links

Waste and recycling statistics

Jackson Law

Metro Council passed Ordinance BL2016-484 enacting T.C.A. § 68-211-707, which specifically permits local government legislative bodies to make applicable the provisions of Part 7 of Chapter 211 of Title 68 of the Tennessee Code Annotated. It requires local approval of landfills, solid waste disposal facilities and solid waste processing facilities prior to the construction of such facilities and prior to the issuance of a permit by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Current application

Southern Services Landfill Expansion

Approval Process and Timeline

Applications must be approved by three reading of Metro Council.

  • First Reading: April 6, 2021 Council Meeting
  • Second Reading and Public Hearing: May 4, 2021 (tentative)
  • Third Reading: May 18, 2021 (tentative)

Additional Information

For additional information and/or copies email Jackson Law or send a letter to:

Metro Nashville Public Works
Attention: Landfill and Processing Facility Applications
750 S. 5th Street
Nashville, TN 37206