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Tennessee Recycling and Composting Information

Recycling in Tennessee needs a boost

Participation in curbside recycling programs and overall recycling efforts in Tennessee are pretty poor compared to other states. In fact, 2008 statistics show the TN recycling rate is just 4.64%, good enough for 8th worst in the country.

FACT: Average state recycling rate in the U.S. is 34% (EPA)

A 2012 story by WBIR states that just one out of every three Curby customers recycle regularly. Curby is the free curbside recycling program in Nashville.

Even though recycling is free in Nashville, customers still don’t use it. But why?

One of the problems is the low landfill tipping fees in Tennessee. The average TN landfill tipping fee in 2012 was $37 per ton. It costs more than that to recycle the same amount of material. So, people would rather dump it than recycle it.

The state government is looking to change things by increasing tipping fees and promoting the benefits of recycling. Here are a few of those benefits:

  1. More jobs. For every 5 tons of waste disposed of in a landfill, one job is created. For every 5 tons of materials recycled or recovered, 10 recycling-related jobs are created or 75 material recovery jobs.
  2. Recycling eliminates the cost of landfilling and puts money back into the economy with the materials recovered.
  3. Manufacturing recycling materials into new products is cheaper and more energy-efficient compared to using virgin materials.

Read about other benefits of recycling

Find a local recycling facility

Find a recycling center near you by visiting Earth911. You can find a recycler for virtually any type of waste, including batteries, e-waste, glass, metal, paint and more.

Information about recycling e-waste in TN

Save money and reduce waste by composting

As much as 30% of municipal waste in the U.S. is compostable, including yard debris, food scraps and paper products.

Benefits of composting:

  • It’s free organic fertilizer and soil additive
  • Reducing waste output by up to 30% could reduce the cost of your waste hauling bill

Learn more about composting:

Helpful resources:

  1. Department of Environment & Conservation Division of Solid Waste Management
  2. Tennessee municipal code
  3. Hazardous wastes disposal and rules

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Tennessee

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.