Nashville

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.

Containers

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.  https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleBeautifulArtContest

 

Trash Collection

The Division of Waste Management provides trash collection to single-family residences in the Urban Services District. Trash collection is available to businesses in the Urban Service District (USD) and the Downtown Business District (DBD). The number of containers and the frequency of collection vary depending upon the location of the business.

Businesses who have more trash than fall within the guidelines on the following pages, or who are outside the USD must contract with a private service for disposal.

Holiday Trash and Recycling Pickup Schedule

Metro trash and recycling customers whose collection day falls on a holiday (Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day or July 4) will have trash and recycling pickup on the Saturday of that week. Residents who have questions or need further assistance should call 615-862-5000.

Upcoming Changes to Waste Collection in Davidson County

In August of 2010, the Metropolitan Council passed an updated Solid Waste Code. Residents and businesses will experience changes in how waste collection is handled throughout the county. Below is a summary of waste collection changes:

  • July 1, 2011 – Yard waste (including leaves and grass clippings) can no longer be placed in trash carts. Yard waste can be set out with brush for collection but must be placed in biodegradable paper bags.
  • July 1, 2012 – Residents and businesses that use brown or gray Public Works trash carts — 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.
  • July 1, 2013 – residents and businesses throughout Davidson County will no longer be allowed to place cardboard, a recyclable material, in trash carts. Cardboard can be recycled through curbside ;recycling pick up and at all of Metro’s recycling drop-off sites and convenience centers. Metro curbside recycling customers may request additional recycling carts at no charge by calling 615-862-5000.
  • July 1, 2015 – residents and businesses will not be allowed to place electronic waste of any type in trash carts.

Important Notice

In order to reduce possibility of stolen or lost carts, carts must be put away in a secure location after collection.

  • Metro Code 10.20.110a specifies, “Containers may be placed for collection along public alleys, streets and sidewalks only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the scheduled collection day. At all other times, containers must be stored at a location at the rear or side of the premises or at a location approved by the Director so as to not be visible from a public street.” The cost for a replacement cart starting September 1, 2018 is $65.00.

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Residential Trash Collection and Business Trash Collection.

  • Downtown Core Area
    • July 1, 2011 – no yard waste will be allowed in trash carts.
    • July 1, 2013 – residents and businesses throughout Davidson County will no longer be allowed to place cardboard, a recyclable material, in trash carts. Cardboard can be recycled at all of Metro’s recycling drop-off sites and convenience centers.
    • July 1, 2015 – residents and businesses will not be allowed to place electronic waste of any type in trash carts.

Get more information on Trash Collection in the Downtown Core Area.

Businesses that use Dumpsters, Compactors or Carts with Private Haulers

  • Urban Services, Downtown Core Area or General Services District
    • July 1, 2011 – no yard waste will be allowed in dumpsters or compactors.
    • July 1, 2013 – businesses will no longer be allowed to place cardboard in trash carts. Businesses will be able to recycle by contacting their waste hauler or a private recycler.
    • July 1, 2015 – businesses will not be allowed to place electronic waste of any type in dumpsters or compactors.

For more information or questions about Nashville’s trash collection program, please call 615-862-5000.