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Have you ever wondered what you’re actually supposed to recycle? Where to go in case of a natural disaster? Or who to call to remove your yard waste? Us, too. We are taking a look at three Metro Nashville services — each available online — that can help you with all of your questions and concerns regarding Music City.

Recycle Right, Nashville

Reduce, reuse, recycle. We’ve all heard the saying and know recycling is important, but how can we make sure we’re doing it right? And how does our community use recycling anyway? Nashville’s Public Works department has created educational resources on how to “recycle right” so Nashvillians can learn more about how the city recycles, what can go into collection bins, and why it’s important to recycle correctly. Currently, 80% of our city’s waste is going to landfills. Part of the Nashville Zero Waste Master Plan is to divert 90% of that waste to recycling. But how will that happen? Education is one of the most important ways to help with this goal.

The Recycle Right Lunch ‘n’ Learn Webinar is a great resource for educating yourself about recycling in Nashville. The next session takes place on June 30, from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar features an overview of the recycling process in Nashville, quizzes about what can and cannot be recycled, and there is time at the end for questions. The Recycle Right website has resources on drop-off centers, business recycling, event recycling, and there are even activities for parents to teach kids about the process. They also have a Recycle Right Guide, a downloadable guide with everything you need to know about what can and cannot go into your curbside recycling bins in Nashville. Later in the summer, the Public Works department is hosting a composting workshop to educate Nashvillians on what composting is, why it’s important, and how to do it yourself.

If you’re interested in learning more about Nashville’s recycling program, click here. The city also has a quarterly recycling newsletter with the newest information about waste management in Nashville. — Mary Blake Graves

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Recycle Right Nashville — a Metro service

Nashville’s Public Works department has created educational resources so locals can learn how to correctly recycle. Image: Metro Nashville Public Works


Need to report a pothole or get another recycling bin? hubNashville is a one-stop-shop for these types of situations. This easy-to-use customer service system allows locals to connect with Metro representatives to make service requests, ask questions and share information. It is available as a downloadable app for your phone and as a website.

Both the app and the website allow you to simply enter and track your requests. It also has knowledge-based articles available that provide helpful information about your questions and concerns regarding Metro services. Examples of common requests include information and questions related to COVID-19, recycling and trash collection and services, or information related to Nashville public transit options. — Anne Henley Walker

hubNashville app

The hubNashville app is a one-stop-shop that makes it easier for people to connect with Metro representatives about available services. Image: hubNashville


Nashville has faced its fair amount of natural disasters. Lessons learned during the 2010 Nashville flood led to the creation of the Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine, or NERVE. The site features an interactive map designed to provide “timely information related to natural or man-made emergencies in Nashville, TN.”

NERVE allows you to find a new path to your destination when there are road closures or other obstacles, and it also provides information about evacuation routes, school closings, shelter and relief areas, as well as emergency food, clothing and water distribution centers in the area. The interactive map is only active during emergency situations. — Anne Henley Walker

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NERVE — a Metro service

NERVE Nashville is an interactive tool available to Nashville residents in case of an emergency. Image: NERVE Website

There are additional online tools offered by Metro Nashville at Metro services are vital, and having specific local resources in place helps to ease concerns and allows Nashvillians to be aware of information and solutions available to them.


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