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Free waste audits offered for Nashville businesses

In an effort to ramp up recycling, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and Metro Public Works have launched an innovative partnership with local sustainability consulting firm, Wilmot Inc.

Whether it's CMA Fest, New Years’ Eve or the upcoming Let Freedom Sing, July 4th bash, city garbage can pile up and be quite smelly.

”One of things important for our city right now is reducing trash,” says Tiffany Wilmot of Wilmot Incorporated. She works with downtown businesses to increase efficiency and cut costs through waste prevention and reduction.

Wilmot says, “We send our waste to a landfill which is closing in the next couple of years, the Middle Point landfill in Rutherford County.“

The way they cut down and trash volume and smell is simple, says Wilmot.

“We can tell people, 'oh you have a lot of cardboard, get a cardboard container. You have a lot of food waste, start composting,' and give them ideas on how they can do that, “ Wilmot said.

“So, the more we can reduce, not only for environmental reasons, it's great to recycle and reuse, but we also want to reduce that waste stream for economic reasons as well, “ Gracelyn Jones, an intern with Wilmot Inc., said.

“More people leads to more refuse,” Adam Hensley said. Hensley is the General Manager at Baileys Sports Bar and Grille On Lower Broadway. He says he's interested in working with Wilmot in the future, but is overall happy with the cities performance of waste management.

“The city does a great job they know when we have big events, they know when they need to double down they'll show up two times a day,” Hensley said.

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