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.
Well, you are beyond the divide by a long shot. The Sierra should take care of your drainage. Mine is the TN, OH, and MS rivers. We are deluged by the Gulf pressure constantly.
Let’s see how many people in the city follow that royal edict. What will they do ? Open up and inspect every trash bag to see if these “forbidden items” are in it ? At least I’ve got room on my own property to take care of that stuff (save for the fallen limbs that they pick up at curbside every so often), but many in the city don’t.
First of all, where is that. Secondly, what is your point.
This is what happens when you put Environmental psychopaths that do not believe in God.
Tell me what watershed lines that row of trees in the background while your at it.
You posted a question to 17. Explain
That’s a popular misconception. Our local (and quite modern) landfill produces enough methane to run a generator producing a steady 1.6 megawatts of electricity.
There’s more about this here:
Just a pic from the net. I have no idea where it is.
Secondly, what is your point.
Liners are meant to prevent water from leaching through landfills.
That is a cogent reply. That liner is right on the bank of a major watershed and will cause more harm than can ever be imagined. Think about it.
I haven’t caught my grass clippings for years. I just mulch them right into the ground with my mower. The same with my leaves. The clippings feed the lawn. My lawn never looked better.
In the 70’s NYC were going to build incinerators in each borough to handle garbage and create electricity. They wanted out of the landfill business and dumping at sea business. The whackos who forced this then went nuts because a power plant was going to be built in their town.
NIMBY.... Not in my back yard.
The “yankification” of the south continues. Isn’t this one of those left coast ideas?
there is no need to put grass clippings in the garbage can. Leave them on the lawn. It’s good for it.
Nashville residents: remember this when the mayoral/city council elections are heard. Simple solution.
Good business opportunity for enterpreneurs.
AAA for grass clippings.
Pay a yearly fee, and call when you need a pickup.
There have been some bad explosions at incinerators. You don’t know what people are going to send you. Solvents are a problem. Do a search on “incinerator explosions killed”
When I was a young lad, we had an incinerator in our basement. I spent a lot of time playing with it. My best one was when I found some glass ampules of alcohol left behind in our attic by the people who owned the house before us. I put those in the incinerator. Blew open the cast iron lid, blew the metal stack out of the chimney, and put out an awesome fireball. Great BOOM, too! Didn’t set the house on fire.
My parents yelled down, “What was that?” My usual response to such questions was, “Nothin.” That was good enough for them.
Really? In my town, methane gas is piped from the landfill across town where a large institution burns it.
We just pile up our yard waste by the street. Bagging it is frowned on. A county truck cruses the streets looking for yard waste and picks it up. They use a 1.5 to 2 foot diameter vacuum hose to suck up leaves and grass clippings and have a hydraulic claw type thing to pick up the larger tree limbs.
I'm not sure what the latest figures are, but the projection was $500k per year to the city from sale of the gas
Take bags of leaves and dump them on the yards of the fools who passed this b.s. to begin with. Also dump your yard waste on City halls yard.
Sounds like they want everyone to compost all biodegradable yard material. I hope they’ve offered a deal on small composters to the public. It’s not that difficult once you know how and are physically fit. It’ll be a problem for some of the seniors.
Of course it does raise a question does the same non pickup apply to city property including parks (and if the city is controlled by Democrats the homes and properties of city officials).
To save electricity I’ve seen some demands for us to go back to hanging the wash on the line in the yard. That’s next.
Then the city is going to have to send out new bins and have a “compost” pick up once a week. If they don’t want it in the landfills, then they’ll have to compost it and they can cover the costs by selling the compost.
I lol! You must be a childhood friend who visited our home often. Too funny. You nailed it.
“But many residents say it’s unfair. How are they supposed to get rid of leaves and grass trimmings? “
How about getting the hell out of the city?
I mulch anything and everything smaller than a 3/4 inch thick branch - and I do it with my mower. None of my leaves, twigs, grass, etc ever make it to any landfill - they all go right back into my lawn.