There comes a time for most of us when we have to let go of certain things. And luckily, in Nashville, there are plenty of options for unloading unwanted items.
But the one you may not be familiar with is the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office’s free “bulk pickup” service that runs countywide tours by appointment to haul large unusable household items, like old furniture, household appliances, mattresses and tires from residences.
All it takes is a phone call for Davidson County residents to schedule a pickup time, then drop off the discarded items on the curb in front of your home on the scheduled day.
Sheriff’s Office officials pointed out that the free service is for items that are no longer serviceable or usable, as opposed to trash or items you no longer want.
If the items on your throwaway list still have life, I implore you to donate them to a thrift organization, offer them for free through your neighborhood mailing list, or post notices on Facebook and other social media. to try to find takers.
Or you might consider putting them outside for a day or two in your alley or curb with a large “free” sign attached, inviting passers-by to help themselves.
Tales of personal recovery
Among my few outings during this COVID-19 pandemic are my daily walks with a group of neighbor friends.
We’ve hammered the pavement of nearly every street and sidewalk in the immediate vicinity, as well as clogged adjacent areas and multiple alleys for a change of scenery.
The alleys are more interesting than you think. We saw a lot of things we would have missed from the street side – beautiful vegetable and flower gardens, an impressive homemade ninja warrior course (with young ninjas in action), wonderfully creative treehouses, a few chicken coops and even an aft deck designed to look like the bow of a ship.
The rides have been our sanity and are sometimes lucrative too as we have availed ourselves of discarded gems along the way.
The items we rescued from driveways and sidewalks are impressive, including a large resin shelf that helped me organize my gardening supplies, a wrought iron table, a child’s tea set, a cute picture frame , stacks of books, a colorful like-new stool organizer of children’s toys, and best of all, a rattan sofa that my friend Laura lovingly revives as the centerpiece of her new screened porch.
If you decide to put your trash in the trash, be prepared for some of your neighbors to be upset to see your stuff piled up out front, but to me, a few days of sidewalk clutter is better than throwing trash. items still good in the dump.
Rest assured, there are plenty of eager scavengers and regular walkers in the neighborhood like my foraging friends and I, who like to grab free roadside treasure to recycle. My little group is on the hunt and happy to take what we can use or reuse.
And, if you put stuff up with the big free sign and don’t get any takers in a few days, you can always call the sheriff’s office and request a bulk pickup.
Might as well give it a shot!
About Bulk Pickup Service
To arrange a pickup, call the sheriff’s office at 615-880-3897.
The pickup date can be between one and seven days, depending on service availability.
“We receive, on average, about 120 requests a day,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Karla West, who said most pickups are scheduled within a week.
In 2019, DCSO teams “recovered 5.2 million pounds of bulk items and responded to 20,012 requests,” she said.
Pickup is curb front only; trucks do not do lane pickup.
“We ask that all items be at the curb of an individual’s property by 6:30 a.m. on the pick-up date, West said.
“We cannot go on private property” like an apartment or condominium complex, or on private roads or in gated communities, or commercial properties, she said. By law, the department cannot remove items from a location that has resulted in an eviction.
They will remove items such as mattresses, appliances, furniture, televisions, copiers, computers, toilets, some car parts, and carpets. But, they will not take motor oil, tires, glass or mirror products, batteries, sheetrock or roofing, propane or gasoline tanks, styrofoam and rocks or concrete.
Pickup crews don’t sort the items they pick up, West said, but shred them and take them to the city dump. The teams are mostly employees of the sheriff’s office, but often include an inmate.
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