Zero Waste Day

On October 27, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and its partners will celebrate Tennessee’s fourth annual Zero Waste Day. The event aims to raise awareness about waste in Tennessee and educate citizens on actions they can take to reduce it. TDEC and several local and regional partners, including the Tennessee Environmental Council and Metro Nashville's Zero Waste Program, are challenging Tennesseans to improve their waste habits.

In 2018, Tennesseans produced 8.1 million tons of waste, which amounted to 6.56 pounds of waste generated per person each day. This is 31.7% more waste generated per person each day than the national average of 4.51 pounds of waste per person per day.

On Zero Waste Day, TDEC and its partners are encouraging citizens to take actions that support zero waste.

Five Waste Reduction Actions

  • Re-Think – adjust your behavior as a consumer and make purchasing choices that limit your impact on the environment
  • Reduce – be mindful of unnecessary and wasteful items and learn to live without them
  • Reuse – give possessions a second life through creative reuse, repurposing, or donation
  • Recycle – use existing products to create new ones and reduce dependence on virgin materials and associated natural resource impacts
  • Re-Earth – compost your organics to divert the single largest waste stream from landfills

Zero Waste Day 2023

In celebration of Zero Waste Day 2023, TDEC is partnering with local organizations to host Zero Waste Webinars that will educate listeners on the basics of zero waste,  and review local resources available to help citizens go Zero Waste in their every day lives. Webinar details and registration links are provided below.

Additionally, TDEC is partnering with local organizations to coordinate Zero Waste Day Events to collect miscellaneous and hard to recycle items and encourage the reuse and repair of items. Official event details can be found below.

Zero Waste Webinars

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Join our webinar hosted by TDEC's Office of Sustainable Practices where we will discuss the concept of Zero Waste, and share resources from the Zero Waste TN program available to residents and businesses to help rethink the way we manage waste, and educate citizens on actions they can take to reduce it.

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Join Tennessee Environmental Council to learn about their statewide Recycling Roundup events which provide a much needed resource for residents to recycle hard-to-recycle materials. We will also discuss the importance of recycling , how to rethink how we view trash, and how to keep materials out of landfills. 

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Recycling and composting can be a little confusing. There is a lot of information online and in the news about how to do it correctly, but it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Join Metro's Zero Waste Nashville to bust some common zero waste myths to make you a more confident recycler and composter.

Zero Waste Day Events

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The Donelson Branch Library will be hosting an Electronics Recycling Events Oct 27th through Nov 3rd. The library will be accepting miscellaneous unwanted electronics to be professionally recycled by Asurion.

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Studio NPL will be hosting Fix-it Stations on the 3rd floor of the Nashville Public Library main branch Oct 27 from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Studio NPL staff will be on hand to offer guidance and advise; repair work not provided, shared tools available. Staff is not liable for any items brought into the space. All ages. For more information email:

To learn more about TDEC’s Zero Waste Day, follow @TNSustainability on Facebook, @thestateofsustainability on Instagram. If you are interested in learning more about how you can go Zero Waste, visit our Consumer's Guide to Zero Waste