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Composting Services

Food Waste Drop-off at Metro Convenience Center

Davidson County residents can take their food waste to any Metro convenience center 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.

Food scraps

  • 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
  • Leftovers

Paper products

  • 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

Other materials

  • 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

Tennessee Smart Yards

Tennessee Smart Yards is a UT Extension-led program that guides Tennesseans on practices they can apply in their outdoor spaces (including backyard composting) to create healthier, more ecologically-sound landscapes and communities.

Private Compost Collection Services

Residents and businesses have the option to pay for curbside collection of compost through the following local businesses:

Backyard Compost Bins Available from Metro Water Services

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 Water Services).

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 and garden clippings and vegetarian food scraps (no meat, fat or bones). Instruction booklet included.

School Composting

Sylvan Park composting bin

School Composting information

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