Nashville Metro has recently banned plastic to go containers from curbside recycling and we are all confused. We are co-hosting a meeting with Tennesse Environmental Council on Oct 2 to get more information and to discuss. For more info and to register, click this link.
We’ve invited special guests to help us figure out why this was enacted and what we can do to minimize our use of plastics in Nashville. Sharon Smith from Metro Public Works will be on hand at the beginning of the meeting to talk about Metro’s decision to stop accepting certain plastics. We also invited At Large Council Member Burkley Allen as well as representatives from Urban Green Lab (who helped with the Nashville Zero Waste 30 Year Plan). Compost Nashville will be there with their new line of compostable restaurant supply items as well as Nashville’s industrial composting facility operators The Compost Company. Jeni’s Ice Cream has been invited to talk about their move away from plastics and towards becoming a Zero Waste business. Earthsavers and Green Village, two of Nashville’s eco friendly commercial waste companies, were also invited to share their experiences helping restaurants with recycling services.
At this meeting we will be launching a plan to ask Nashville restaurants to use compostable packaging and commercial composting services by creating a Restaurant Sustainability Ratings Form and Social Media Campaign.