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Recycling

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Metro Nashville will likely start paying more to run its recycling program. The city is in the middle of renegotiating its contract with Waste Management, the company that handles the recycling process after materials are collected.

But the Public Works department says Nashville is committed to continuing its recycling program — and indeed is increasing pickup to twice a month — at a time when other cities are starting to abandon their efforts.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

From plastic straws to old lightbulbs and shredded paper, it’s not always obvious what can be recycled through Nashville’s curbside program.

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One of Nashville’s longstanding wishlist items is finally becoming a reality. Starting next year, curbside recycling will increase in frequency to every-other-week pickups.

Nashville glass recycling
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

An attempt to recycle more glass bottles in Nashville has failed, as Metro is discontinuing a pilot program that tried to capture glass from the downtown honky tonks.

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Despite hundreds of thousands of dollars and months of deliberations, Rutherford County has made little progress on deciding what it will do when Middle Point Landfill closes.

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As the holiday shopping season ends and return season begins, customers might not realize that many of those items they send back could end up in landfills across the country.

Emily Siner / WPLN

When Nashville residents drop off their glass bottles, paint cans and old batteries to recycle, they can now also bring food scraps.

Nashville glass recycling
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After releasing our latest Curious Nashville episode on what happens when you put the wrong thing in the recycling bin, we started getting questions from more curious listeners about how recycling works in Nashville.

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December is a busy month for recycling operations: In Nashville, the amount of paper that gets recycled is 20 percent higher than the rest of the year. 

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Inquiring minds — especially newcomers to Nashville — often wonder about the city’s recycling program. Now, spurred by a question submitted to WPLN’s Curious Nashville, there’s some news about an expansion of glass recycling and an explanation of its history here.

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