The City provides pickup of recyclables from the rear of your house once a week. The quantity of recycled items collected per visit is unlimited. You receive 1 free 32-gallon recycling bin per address.

Additional bins are available at cost. Contact the City Office to purchase more. Paper, small cardboard, cans and plastics can be commingled in to one bag and placed in the recycling bin. Boxes should be flattened, bound and placed beside bin. Tie the bags closed and put them in the bin on collection days. Contact Clean Earth at 615-714-2177 for additional customized services and for more information.

Preparing Recyclables

Plastic Bottles, Cans, Food Containers

  • Empty contents.
  • Rinse residue.
  • Labels and lids can remain.


  • Remove binder clips.
  • Staples, paper clips can stay.
  • Place shredded paper in plastic bag and tie shut.


  • Bag small cardboard and paper cartons with other recyclables.
  • Break down cardboard bigger than 2'x2' along the seams
  • Remove other packing material and wraps.
  • Bind the cardboard together with string or packing tape in bundles not to exceed 4' x4' and 30 pounds.
  • Put cardboard bundle beside bin.

Aerosol Cans

  • Spray to release remaining pressure.

Household Chemical Containers

  • Drain and rinse thoroughly.

Inside the Recycling Bin

  • Use puncture-resistant plastics bags or any color (No Black or White bags)
  • Bag commingled paper, cardboard, plastics, cans.
  • Tie bags shut and place in recycling bin.
  • Close lid

What to Recycle

Do Recycle

  • Paper
    • All mail
    • Newspapers
    • Magazines
    • Phone books
    • Cardboard (break down, bundle large pieces)
    • Paperback books
    • Journals
  • Plastic Bags
    • Bags with recycling logo
  • Plastic
    • Number 1-5 & 7 plastic containers
    • NO # 6 (Styrofoam)
  • Metal
    • Aluminum cans
    • Pie pans
    • Food cans
    • Aerosol cans

Don't Recycle

  • Paper
    • Facial tissue
    • Toilet tissue
    • Paper towels
    • Tyvek mailers
    • Milk cartons
    • Pizza boxes
    • Paper with food or grease
    • Hardback binding of books
  • Plastics Bags
    • Bags without recycling logo
  • Plastic
    • Plastic without recycling logo
  • Glass
  • Metal
    • Paint cans
    • Scrap metal
    • Eating utensils
    • Containers that held flammable liquids