BURNT is a 24 Year Old Environmental Group
A Clean Environment Is Good For Business Business and Development Plan
- Closing chronic polluters increased commercial real estate value ‘ throughout Nashville
- Tennessee landfills—manage solid waste as a raw material for jobs and business.
- Working within multiple agencies of Metro Nashville, State government, and across the state based on years of research, success, and participation
Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today (“BURNT”) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in December 1988. BURNT is dedicated to environmental advocacy, specifically concerning landfills, solid waste disposal, pesticides, and multiple chemicals.
7 November 2013
BURNT was founded in December 1988 at a meeting at the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services to discuss the $200 million expansion of the downtown Nashville incinerator. This was also the first major neighborhood issue in Nashville–East Nashville residents were concerned about noxious fumes from the incinerator and Germantown residents were concerned because the incinerator ash trucks ran through Germantown. The Cumberland Green Bio-Region Council provided energy, people, and drive. One instance—The drummers of the Cumberland green bio region Council came to a Metro Council meeting. At 7 pm. The start of the Metro Council meeting the drumming on the sidewalks began. Immediate calls for cessation or moving back came. The drummers moved back and started drumming again. “Wait, Not enough move further back” Which they did until they made their point—bad noise drives out good noise and in this case the good noise was the music of the people. We worked with both East Nashville and Germantown neighborhoods on the Rendering Plant which processed meal oils from restaurants but also blanketed huge portions of downtown, the North Nashville, East Nashville, and metro Center with noxious meat packing plant odors. From December 1988 to 1990, BURNT developed sequential arguments to stop the $200 million expansion. BURNT focused on the air pollution caused by the incinerator. BURNT collected complaints from area residents who stated that cars were coated with ash and residue. However, the air pollution argument did not resonate with decision makers. . The value of recycling solid waste versus burning emphasized the energy consumed by burning solid waste and remanufacturing goods did not persuade decision makers Finally, BURNT shifted it’s strategy a third time to focus on land use. The incinerator was on the river to service large power customers. However, the Broadway area of downtown Nashville was being revitalized. BURNT developed statistics regarding that expanding the incinerator would result in 250 garbage trucks making round trips through downtown Nashville every day. BURNT’s focus on land use, and most notably for other more financially prosperous options for the area ultimately led to victory for the city. Downtown Nashville is now a popular tourist attraction and a center for art, music and commerce. Since the victory over the expansion of the downtown incinerator, BURNT was a leader in other key land use issues which proved right for Nashville development –A $100 million garbage separator on Rolling Mill Hill (Rutledge Hill), –An existing, noxious rendering plant in North Nashville, –An operating Liquid Hazardous Waste Processor in Cockrill Bend, –A permitted incinerator in Madison, TN. –a proposed incinerator in Cockrill Bend –a proposed landfill in Bell’s Bend —a construction waste landfill in West Nashville permitted by the Davidson County Regional Solid Waste board These issues are unique among citizen environmental groups. BURNT worked through government agencies, Boards, and the Metro Council with a shifting alliance of small business and neighborhood groups. This work demonstrated BURNT’s A. a high degree of sustained skills working with government B. excellent judgment which has been proven correct and beneficial to the city, the people, and business C. closing operating or proposed chronic polluters is very rare For example, development in Metro Center has grown significantly since the Rendering Plant closed in the late 1990’s. The Titans practice facility would never have located in Metro Center if the Rendering Plant continued to blanket downtown, Metro Center, East Nashville, and SoBro with noxious meat packing odors. BURNT is a coalition group. From Jackson to Murfreesboro we provide our knowledge of issues to citizen groups. We no longer can surround Metro Council with 20 drummers until we meet a group which needs our services that has a score of drummers. What BURNT has done is increase our knowledge of laws, regulations, and research so that we are able to play a role in any landfill or solid waste issue we are involved in.