Grants allow Metro to increase recycling pickup

Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 20:37:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two grants totaling $2.8 million will allow Metro Nashville Public Works to increase recycling pickup from once-a-month to every-other-week.

Mayor David Briley made the announcement Thursday.

Grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), The Recycling Partnership and beauty brand Love Beauty and Planet are making the change possible.

“We have a high quality of life here in Nashville, but it’s my job to always work to improve it,” said Mayor Briley stated in a press released. “By upping recycling collection and enhancing our education campaign around it, we can continue to make our city greener and more sustainable. I am grateful for these grants and our partners in this effort. I know it will go a long way towards making our city an even more beautiful place.”

The city will use the grants to buy 16 collection vehicles and provide 8,000 more recycling carts to households allowing them to have curbside recycling service.

The Recycling Partnership will also provide funding and technical assistance to implement an education and outreach campaign to support its curbside program.

It's expected to impact more than 139,000 Metro households. City officials say the increased recycling will be fully expanded by early 2020.