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File #: BL2021-693    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Passed
File created: 3/30/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 6/1/2021 Final action: 6/1/2021
Title: An ordinance establishing a Special Solid Waste and Recycling Commission to review and identify solutions for the near-term and long-term disposal of Nashville's solid waste.
Sponsors: Jonathan Hall, Burkley Allen, Russ Bradford
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An ordinance establishing a Special Solid Waste and Recycling Commission to review and identify solutions for the near-term and long-term disposal of Nashville's solid waste.


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WHEREAS, on February 2, 2021, the Metropolitan Council adopted Resolution No. RS2021-751 approving an amendment to and extension of the Metropolitan Government's contract (the "Contract") with BFI Waste Services, LLC, currently operating as Republic Services, Inc. ("Republic") for operation of a solid waste transfer station and for the disposal of solid waste; and
WHEREAS, the Contract, which has been extended through Fiscal Year 2027, requires Republic to operate a waste transfer station for all of the solid waste collected by Metro Public Works and its collection contractors, which is then trucked to the Republic-owned Middle Point landfill in Rutherford County; and

WHEREAS, the Middle Point landfill in Rutherford County is currently nearing capacity; and

WHEREAS, while the current contract with Republic requires them to dispose of Metro's solid waste through 2027 at a location outside of Davidson County, Metro will soon need to develop a long-term solution to our future solid waste disposal needs; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson Solid Waste Master Plan, entitled "Achieving Zero Waste", has been completed, providing a thorough recitation of potential solid waste programs and proposals for achieving zero waste generation, more robust recycling, and a greater diversion of materials from landfills; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council now turn toward implementing the recommendations of the Solid Waste Master Plan through carefully constructed legislation and policy enactments; and

WHEREAS, it is further fitting and proper that a Special Solid Waste and Recycling Commission comprised of elected officials, private citizens, staff members of Metropolitan Government departments, and others with expertise in solid waste be...

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