The Green Issue: So You Want to Recycle Responsibly

April 22, 2021

The Nashville Scene – As much as 46 percent of what Nashvillians put in recycling bins is unusable. How can we all do better? by Abby Lee Hood, April 22, 2021

Recycling sorting at River Hills Recycling Center (credit Eric England)

Voting with our dollar and buying into eco-friendly companies may become even more important in Nashville, as many of our landfills are set to fill up and close in the next few years. Todd Lawrence, executive director of nonprofit Urban Green Lab, says the organization educates residents about Metro’s priorities, like the current Solid Waste Master Plan, which “will serve as a roadmap to achieving Zero Waste over the next 30 years,” according to Metro’s website. Lawrence says landfills filled up faster than expected with debris from the downtown bombing. Although he says future waste could be shipped to other communities, creating more emissions and increasing waste collection prices, the Solid Waste Master Plan is putting us on the right track.

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