How to Get Electricity, Water and Other Utilities

So you’re moving to town and need to set up electricity and other utilities.  Maybe Internet and cable too. And how does Nashville’s garbage and recycling system work?

Here’s your handy dandy guide to a bunch of the phone numbers and websites you need to get planted in Nashville, starting with electricity.  Living in a satellite city like Forest Hills or Oak Hill? Google the location plus “City Hall” for information.


Internet, TV, phone

Coverage area varies for each provider.

Trash, recycling and other works of Nashville Public Works

HubNashville. In an effort to make public works more customer-friendly, there’s now an online one-stop shop for service requests. Additionally, you can call 311 if your concern is within Davidson County. What’s covered? Here’s their list: Trash Services, Recycling Services, Trash and Recycling for New Construction, Illegal Dumping, Request Additional Recycle Cart, Right of Way Overgrowth, Sign and Signal Repairs, Request Replacement Recycle Cart, Purchase Replacement Trash Cart, and Potholes.

Garbage pick-up is provided by Metro Public Works in the Urban Service District (USD), typically weekly. Use the brown bins which are typically picked up weekly and make sure they’re in the alley or on the street on the appointed day. Independent contractors usually service dumpsters in communities such as Bellevue, Forest Hills and Madison. If items are placed beside containers, they may get left behind.

Curbside recycling is available in much of the USD. Green bins are for recycling; they accept paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel–no need to sort them. Visit area recycling drop-off centers for glass and items too big for the bin. Drop-offs of electronic items such as batteries and TVs, hazardous waste and chemicals are limited to these facilities. Also, schools, churches and businesses occasionally host recycling events which may include shredding of personal documents.

Brush pick-up occurs every four months with special pick-ups scheduled for an inordinate amount of refuse. Note: stack limbs, etc. away from power lines, structures or other objects so the truck’s mechanical arm can grab them.

Bulk refuse. If someone leaves a mattress in your yard or there’s a dead animal on the street, call 615-880-3897

Other pertinent posts if you’re new to Nashville:

Need to furnish your new place?

Need to get your driver’s license and vehicle registration?

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