Nashville is known as Music City and is home to legendary country music venues such as the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Red River has been proudly serving the Music City Area under a long term residential garbage collection contract with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County since 2005.

Trash collection service is provided to single-family homes 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, please read through the frequently asked questions below or call (615) 880-1000.


Number of Containers Issued Per Service Address

Each service address is issued 1 brown department approved container for refuse disposal at newly constructed homes. Metro no longer issues or replaces more than 2 trash carts for each address. Residents and businesses that currently have more than 2 trash carts will be able to continue their same level of waste collection service, however, will be charged for the collection and disposal fee for waste in additional carts. Additional recycle carts are available at no cost.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Cart Fees

Per Metro Code 10.20.110c, in the event a container originally furnished by the department is lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair, the owner shall replace, at his/her sole cost. The cost for a replacement cart is $46.50. In order to reduce possibility of stolen or lost carts, carts must be put away in a secure location after collection.

We offer the following residential waste collection services under contract in the Urban Service District:

Solid Waste

    How to Use Your Trash Cart
  • Look under your cart lid for your pick-up day
  • 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, Curby 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.
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Red River began providing residential solid waste collection services to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in 2004.  Since then, we have performed up to Metro’s service expectations and were recently granted a ten (10) year contract extension by the City Council to allow us the honor and privilege to continue providing service to the residents of Nashville through 2024.

Nashville is known as our flag ship operation due to its sear size and magnitude of service responsibility to a large metropolitan population center.   Today, we are proud to report that Red River is successfully providing weekly solid waste collection to an estimated 95,000+ homes in the General Service District (GSD) of Davidson County.

In addition to our contract with Metro, Red River has begun growing our service footprint by providing subscription residential waste collection service outside of the GSD to the other growing communities in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson Counties.

In 2006, our CEO, Mr. Smith had a vision to give back to the Nashville community by helping to develop a campaign to raise awareness of environmental stewardship.  He wanted to have elementary students express their understanding of litter prevention, recycling and energy conservation by way of an annual art contest.

Each year, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Art Commission and Red River sponsor this art contest and rolling art museum.  What is a rolling art museum you ask, this is how we promote the artwork created by elementary students and we display the artwork on our collection vehicles that travel the neighborhoods of Nashville each and everyday.

Red River is proud to support and sponsor the annual Nashville Beautiful Art Contest.