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Trash Collection

Trash collection service is provided to single-family homes and businesses that use brown trash carts in the Urban Services District of Nashville. Residents must place trash in their brown roll-out cart. For more details on the residential trash collection program, read through the frequently asked questions below or call 615-862-5000.

Banned Materials

The following items are NOT ALLOWED in your trash cart:

  • Yard Waste- Yard waste (brush, leaves and grass) can be placed at the curb for Brush Collection.
  • Cardboard- Cardboard must be recycled and should be placed in curbside recycling containers or taken to a recycling drop-off site.
  • Construction Debris- Residential construction waste must be collected by a private hauler or contractor. Small amounts of Do It Yourself construction waste that would fit in a regular size pick-up truck no higher than the top of the bed can be taken to the Omohundro or East Convenience Center.
  • Electronic Waste- Electronic waste must be recycled through our electronics recycling collection at the following convenience centers: East, Ezell Pike, or Omohundro. Learn more about electronic waste recycling.

Public Works will provide customers additional recycling carts (up to 3) and monthly collection of recycling at no additional cost.

Curbside Carts

How to Use Your Trash Cart

  • Check for your pick-up day online.
  • On your pick-up day, place your cart on the curb or in the alley with the arrow on the lid pointing toward the street or alley. Your trash will be picked up between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Do not place the cart within 3 feet of any stationary object such as a car, mailbox, utility pole, recycling cart, etc.
  • Do not place the cart under wires, tree limbs, building overhangs or other items that could be damaged. Please make sure there is 15 feet of clearance.
  • Items that are placed outside the trash cart will not be picked up.
  • Please remove your cart from the street by 7 p.m. on pick-up day.

Number of Carts Issued Per Service Address

Each service address is issued 1 brown department approved curbside cart for trash disposal at newly constructed homes. Residents and businesses that currently have more than 2 trash carts will be able to continue their same level of waste collection service but will be charged for the collection and disposal fee for waste in additional carts. Additional recycling carts are available at no cost.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Cart Fees

If a container originally furnished by the department is lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair, the owner shall replace the cart at their sole cost. The cost for a replacement cart is $65.00. (Metro Code 10.20.110a)

To reduce the possibility of stolen or lost carts, carts must be put away in a secure location not visible from a public street after collection. (Metro Code 10.20.110c)

Holiday Collection

Trash is not collected on Metro Holidays. Any collection day that falls on one of these holidays will be picked up on Saturday of that week.

Service Problems and Questions

If you have problems with your service, missed pickups or general questions about trash collection, call 615-862-5000 or contact us. If you are reporting a missed pickup on your collection day, you can submit a request online at hub.nashville.gov starting at 5 p.m. or call into 615-862-5000 the next day.

Convenience Centers

The Public Works Convenience Centers provide a convenient way for Davidson County residents to dispose of excess residential trash, recyclables, and other waste items that are not accepted in our curbside trash and recycling program.

Private Collection Services

Businesses that require a higher level of service or residents and businesses who are outside the Urban Service District must contract with a private hauler for disposal.