Nashville Kicks Off New Glass Recycling Initiative

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    POSTED February 19, 2018

Metro Public Works recently announced the start of a new glass recycling initiative to being in Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN.

Mayor Megan Barry said it was the city’s first glass bottle recycling initiative. “Lower Broadway has become an international tourist destination, and long-neck bottles are now synonymous with the honky-tonk experience,” Barry said. “For too long, we’ve had to throw away glass that could have been recycled and repurposed. This program is like no other, and we are excited to lead the charge toward a more sustainable city.”

Barry tasked Metro Public Works with finding a solution to glass bottle waste in Lower Broadway.

“Last fiscal year, a record of more than 6,600 tons of trash was produced downtown, and we estimate that about two-thirds of that was glass,” said Sharon Smith, assistant director at Metro Public Works. “This will take a significant amount of glass out of the waste stream, where we’re not sending it all to the landfill anymore.”

According to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., 14.1 million people visited Nashville last year, and many were tourists who visited the Lower Broadway area.

“We immediately jumped at the idea of a glass bottle recycling program,” said Brenda Sanderson, owner of three Lower Broadway businesses.

“All of the bars on Lower Broadway have benefited from the influx of tourists, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say we want to do our part in taking care of our city and the environment.”

A total of 20 restaurants and honky-tonks on Lower Broadway will participate in the initial phase of the glass-recycling program, with more expected to join.

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