Mayor rolls out the latest recycling pitch

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 1:44am
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UPDATED: Mayor Karl Dean announced plans to expand curbside recycling in Nashville’s general services district Wednesday.

Just days before the one-year anniversary of Metro’s first recycling venture outside the urban services district — in Bellevue — Dean and representatives from Metro Public Works and Earthsavers LLC revealed new expansion plans at a media event at the QRS Recycling Facility in Donelson Hills Industrial Park on River Hills Drive.

The mayor said the voluntary recycling program soon will be available in Antioch, Old Hickory and Hermitage neighborhoods to homeowners in the 37013, 37076 and 37138 zip codes. It will launch when a minimum number of customers sign up for curbside recycling.

"A year ago we promised that if the pilot curbside recycling program in the GSD was successful, we would work to expand it to other areas,” Dean said. “Today we are fulfilling our promise and offering more residents the opportunity to reduce their waste. Waste reduction is a key goal set by my Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability, and recycling is one of the easiest things our residents can do to help.”

GSD recycling was first started as a pilot program in Bellevue last October. EarthSavers, a Nashville-based company, already serves more than 500 residential and business recycling customers in Metro.

Metro Council Members Jim Gotto, Darren Jernigan and Parker Toler took part in Wednesday's announcement of the program’s expansion. Residents can sign-up for the GSD recycling program online at

“Recycling is one of the single most important things that we as individual citizens can do for Nashville’s environment, as well as our city’s economy. As more and more people begin to recognize the value of recycling, Metro Government is committed to making it available in more neighborhoods,” Dean said last year when the Bellevue venture was launched.

In exchange for a low monthly rate of $10, residents receive monthly curbside pickup of paper, cardboard, all plastics Nos. 1-7, aluminum and metal cans, and glass. Residents must also purchase a recycling cart for about $40.



3 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 10/14/09 at 5:52

It is good that they are using their own money rather then taxpayer money.

Funny (not) how over the years recycling has changed. In the begining it was to save resources and money now it costs us more to get rid of recycled material then garbage and that dosn't even count the costs of collecting it.

I suspect someone is making money on it that shouldn't be.

By: BigPapa on 10/14/09 at 7:34

I have a recycling company comes to my house a picks up paper, glass, etc.. This seems to be an area where a PRIVATE company can fill a niche rather than Metro government. Of course this is the Mayor that's campaigning to be the head Inn Keeper of Middle TN, so I shouldn't be surprised.

By: gratefulted on 10/14/09 at 11:09

I like the program, but in my neighborhood, many people just don't get it. The green one is for recycling. The brown one is for everything else.