Nashville mayor slams Red River for trash and recycling issues, vows to find a solution

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Nate Jumper, Metro employee, helps Effie Booth recycle her items at the recycling center by 39th Avenue and John L. Driver Avenue  near TSU in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.
Nate Jumper, Metro employee, helps Effie Booth recycle her items at the recycling center by 39th Avenue and John L. Driver Avenue near TSU in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper weighed in on the city's garbage and recycling challenges Thursday, saying the city's outside contractor had "failed us."

The comments, posted to Twitter, were Cooper's first on the issue since the city announced Monday that it had halted curbside recycling services as a stopgap measure to free up resources to combat chronic delays with garbage pickup.

Without diverting the staff and vehicles devoted to recycling, trash would pile up in Nashville neighborhoods. Contractor Red River Waste Solutions has not collected trash for all its Nashville customers on their designated days for the last three weeks, according to Metro Water Services.

Red River, the company responsible for most of the garbage pickup in Nashville, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October. The bankruptcy proceedings allow Red River to restructure its business and ultimately keep it running. The city would also need permission from the bankruptcy court in Texas to terminate its contract with the company.

On Twitter, Cooper said the city has put all of its Metro Waste Services crews onto trash pickup, and they are working on securing another garbage collection contractor to "backfill for Red River's failure."

Metro aims to resume curbside recycling services in late January or early February.

In the meantime, residents can bring their recycling to 10 Recycling Drop-Off Sites and four convenience centers. Residents will be able to bring up to five bags of household trash per day to Metro's convenience centers, which is an increase from the usual two.

For Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Metro has increased the recycling time at Granbery Elementary School to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Related: Nashville suspends recycling pickup services as trash collection woes sap Metro resources

Related: Curbside recycling pickup suspended. Here's where to find collection sites in Nashville

Recycling Drop Off Sites

  • Bellevue Metro Transit Authority's Park and Ride, Open 24 hours, 7835 Coley Davis Road, Nashville, TN 37221

  • Cane Ridge High School, Open 24 hours, 12848 Old Hickory Blvd, Antioch, TN 37013

  • Granbery Elementary School, Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon, 5501 Hill Road, Brentwood, TN 37027

  • Hillsboro High School, Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m., 3812 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

  • Joelton Middle School, Open 24 hours, 3500 Old Clarksville Pike, Joelton, TN 37080

  • Lakewood City Hall, Open 24 hours, 3401 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory, TN 37138

  • McGavock High School, Open 24 hours, 3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

  • Old Ben West Library Building, Open 24 hours (no glass accepted at this location), 225 Polk Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

  • Tennessee State University, Open 24 hours, 39th Ave N and John L. Driver Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

  • Whites Creek High School, Open 24 hours, 7277 Old Hickory Blvd, Whites Creek, TN 37189

Convenience Centers open Tuesday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • East Convenience Center, 943A Doctor Richard G. Adams Drive, Nashville, TN 37207

  • Ezell Pike Convenience Center, 3254 Ezell Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

  • Omohundro Convenience Center, 1019 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210

  • Anderson Lane Convenience Center, 939A Anderson Lane, Madison, TN 37115

Adam Friedman is The Tennessean’s evening reporter covering breaking news, crime, cops and a little bit of everything else. If you have a news tip, he wants it. Email him at afriedman@tennessean.com or call him at 731-431-8517.

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