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Nashville falls short in nationwide recycling study

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville has introduced a number of green initiatives in recent years, including the environmentally friendly Music City Center.

But a new study shows that Nashville is not doing as well as other major cities when it comes to recycling. In fact, compared to 20 other large cities, Nashville came in dead last.

The Earth Day study by Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas found that only a third of the city's residents recycle.

Many major cities already have curbside recycling at every single house, and in some places, if you don't recycle, you will be fined.

"Nashville has a voluntary recycling program. We kind of take the carrot versus the stick approach here in Nashville, where we try to look at ways to incentivize Nashvillians to recycle," said Metro Public Works spokeswoman Jenna Smith.

Right now, more than half the city's residents do not have curbside recycling, but that will change July 1 when all trash haulers in Davidson County will be required to offer curbside recycling.

Plus, there is one more change that should make a difference.

"We're going to have a cardboard ban," Smith said. "All cardboard coming out of Davidson County will be banned from the landfill."

While Nashville may still have a way to go, it's not an issue the city is ignoring.

"One of the great things about this study is that it generates more conversation about recycling," Smith said.

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