Skip to comments.New trash law has Nashville residences seeing red
Posted on 07/02/2011 12:03:03 AM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville has a new trash law and many people don't like it.
Beginning today, you can no longer put grass clippings, twigs or leaves in your trash bin. This includes both private and public trash service in Nashville.
The city said it wants to reduce the amount of material dumped into Nashville's landfill as well as adopt a more environmentally sound waste policy.
But many residents say it's unfair. How are they supposed to get rid of leaves and grass trimmings?
"I don't have a truck. I don't have a way to drop off my yard waste at a Metro convenient center," said Geneva Byrd. "Many older people can't afford to pay someone to do it for them."
This all comes at a time when metro Nashville has reduced brush pick-up to just three days a year per neighborhood.
"It's another way to undercut neighborhoods," said Douglas Jameson. "You watch, if the yard waste doesn't go into trash cans it will be all over the streets and in the culverts."
Public Works said it's just implementing the will of Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Council.
As part of Nashville’s new, more environmentally sound waste policy... they no longer take grass clippings, twigs or leaves with your trash...
Someone please stop the world I wanna get off now...
Right, so to cut down on landfill amounts, they will now ban the few things that might go into them which would actually biodegrade...
If it isn’t part of payment, then it ain’t happening. I live in Smyrna and all trash is my responsibility. Of course I don’t pay for it either.
“I live in Smyrna and all trash is my responsibility. Of course I dont pay for it either.”
Do you burn it?
Will the city pick up yard waste if piled at the kerb?
Usually yard waste is compostable without much in the way of problems for landfills, but environazis want unrealistic reductions in trash to landfills and when yard waste is put in the same container as trash, it is counted as trash.
A separate yard waste container with unadulterated yard waste is likely more easily processed and classified as compost (less restricted) as opposed to trash. Of course it must be handled seperately.
I take household trash to a transfer station. I burn the rest.
Since obummer's economy, I have an extended family. I have dumpster pick-up every Monday, but I burn this kind of crap. Well, if it ever rains again I'll burn it.
Nothing biodegrades in a landfill.
I got over a 100 bucks for my aluminum not to far back.
Modern landfills have no oxygen due to the way the garbage is packed very tightly and covered with lots of dirt. No oxygen=no decomp. The local university here did an “archeological dig” in a landfill here and came up with hot dogs and stuff from the 80s.
In Tennessee they are filtered through water. We have water. The Appalachians drain something fierce over time. Those white sandy beaches on the panhandle came from the Eastern Mountains.
Some years ago I was the designer of a recycling system that processed the bottom ash from their waste to energy incinerator. The incinerator used the city’s trash for fuel to create steam from the boiler that not only produced electricity but was also the origin point for the steam heating system for the downtown area.
The environmentalists eventually drove the incinerator out of commission and they had to build a natural gas fired boiler to make up the difference for the steam heating system.
They also had a composting facility for the yard waste but it was never in the black operationally. I suppose they have closed that as well.
So they went from a system that had an endless supply of fuel to create the steam that also could have burned the yard waste going to a landfill that is obviously filling up. A yard waste system totally disfunctional and paying fossil fuel costs to create the steam to heat their buildings.
So do they have any plans for after the curent landfill fills its airpace limits? Doesn’t seem they do if they are cutting yard waste from being deposited there. The fun of environmentalism is just starting for the people of Nashville. BOHICA
Huh. For years we’ve had a Yard Debris can. It’s a big green bin and it’s “free” (price included with garbage pickup). They get it every other week, which works pretty well. If I have a ton crap to haul away, there’s a local place that will take it for about $16/pickup load.