Posts tagged Metro Public Works

When Plastic is not Recyclable

What do you do with plastic bags that are not made of recyclable materials? Here are some suggestions from the morning newspaper (which is recyclable).

Of course, I read the news online.

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Flood Debris Clean Up

Thanks to the Harpeth River Watershed Association and Metro Public Works who together cleaned up over 10 tons of flood debris from the common area of Boone Trace subdivision.

The debris floated to the area last May. Some came from the flooded homes in the neighborhood; some debris traveled from far away.

We carted off tires, fencing, decking, railroad ties, trash cans, basketball goals, a gas grill, a computer monitor, cases of soda and beer, even someone’s bagged recyclables.

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Bellevue Clean Up Scheduled

From the morning newspaper:

Bellevue gears up for annual cleanup

October 4, 2009
–>An annual Bellevue cleanup will offer chances to toss out old furniture, shred documents and dispose of old electronics — as well as get your vehicle’s emissions test and renew license plates.

As well, volunteers will collect trash from the community’s main streets with assistance from community service workers.

The cleanup is 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 in the parking lot at Bellevue Center between the Sears store and former Macy’s store. It is sponsored by the Bellevue Exchange Club.

Here are the opportunities available:

Metro Nashville Public Works will provide roll-off bins for disposal of bulk items, no tree limbs or hazardous waste allowed.

Knighthorst Shredding will provide shredding of confidential papers, a limit of two boxes.

Goodwill Industries will be accepting gently-used items.

Creative Recycling Systems will accept computers, monitors, telephones and cell phones, printers and copiers, TV and stereo equipment, and calculators. Visit for a complete list of accepted items.

SysTech International will provide on-site auto emissions testing: Tests are valid for up to 90 days before license renewal.

John Arriola, Davidson County Clerk, will provide on-site renewal of license plates.

The Nashville Humane Shelter’s Rover Van will provide information on $10 spay and neuter services for family pets.

The Exchange Club is recruiting volunteers for the street cleanup. To participate or volunteer, contact Sheri Weiner at 615-347-7544 or Lee Cannon at 615-400-4104.

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Bellevue Recycling to Expand

From WSMV news:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Metro Public Works said they are contemplating the expansion of recycling in Bellevue due to initial success of the program. The curbside recycling pilot program started March 1.Since then, more than 30 tons of recyclables have been collected, which doesn’t even include the recycling drop-off bins in Bellevue.Currently nearly 700 homes are signed up for the program.Curbside recycling costs $40 for a storage cart and an additional $10 a month.

I know that I am hooked on the program. I recommend it to others all the time.

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Thanks to Metro Public Works and Volunteers

Thanks to all those at Metro Public Works and the volunteers who were picking up the litter we runners left behind us today at the Country Music Half and Full Marathon. I dropped quite a few paper cups while trying to stay cool and hydrated during the race.

Metro Public Works maintains the course at no cost to the organizers (just us taxpayers).

I noticed that the start was less littered this year than last year. Thanks to the runners for not dropping trash everywhere at the start.

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E-Waste Collection Day in the Nashville Area

Here is an exciting announcement from Gwen Hopkins-Glascock at Metro Public Works:


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Keep Nashville Beautiful Art Winners

Being unemployed has its advantages. I get to do volunteer work that I do not get to do while working full time. Today, I got to meet two of the winners of the Metro Public Works Red River Truck Art Contest. The chosen artwork is put on one of the Red River trucks collecting residential trash. Later the enlargement is given to the child. What a nice gift! I met with Cumberland Elementary School in Nashville this morning:


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Beautification with Daffodils

daffodilWe spent a half day today delivering daffodil bulbs to Metro Public Schools in the east Nashville area. Vickie Ingram of Public Works/Beautification Environmental Commission drove my husband and I around as we delivered bulbs to elementary and middle schools.

While much of this blog discusses the litter problem, we need to beautify our planet as much as possible. I remember as a first grader, we planted a tulip poplar, the Tennessee state tree, and irises, the Tennessee state flower, in the school yard. The experience is as memorable as if it were yesterday.

It’s important that we teach the role of native flora to our children.

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More Photos From Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Lots of batteries were brought in for recycling. My husband estimated a  couple hundred pounds of them, when he tried to pick up the trash can holding them:

We also collected fluorescent tubes and CFLs. I haven’t used CFLs long enough for them to expire:

Thanks to Metro Public Works and to everyone who participated to prevent more stuff from going into the landfills.

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Mother's Little Helpers

These are the pills today that we collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, sponsored by Metro Public Works, at the Bellevue Recycling Drop Off Center. We filled a large bucket about one-fourth full. It’s amazing! Some of my pills are in this container.

We plan to do these collections quarterly. If you can’t make it to a collection site, here is how to dispose of medications properly:

Remove the medication from its original container and place it in a sealable plastic bag and mix it with an undesirable substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. I have mixed meds with used kitty litter in the past. Dispose of in your household garbage, which should be taken to an environmentally engineered and protective landfill.

NEVER flush unused medications down a toilet or sink. The drugs could make it to the water supply.

While the collection day was a huge success, there was some confusion in The Tennessean over paint collection. We turned away about 75 people who wanted to recycle paint. Paint has to be taken to the hazardous waste collection center in East Nashville. Paint is another substance that should never be dumped into the sewer system, as it will make its way to the water supply.

Lots of activity in the recycling world took place today. There were roadside clean ups in the Bellevue area, a shredding machine at the Bellevue Center Mall site, as well as other collections. It’s great to see all this activity in the community.

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