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Posted on: August 12, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Council approves design guidelines for Solid Waste curbside collection

Arial map of multi-family dwelling parking lot

The City of Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department presented the City Council with Solid Waste design guidelines for determining what types of single-family attached developments qualify for curbside collection services.

“The City’s Solid Waste Department is comprised primarily of a fleet of vehicles that utilize articulating arms on the right side of the vehicle to pick up and dump 96-gallon solid waste containers,” said Utility Enterprises Executive Director Darren Gore. “Street geometry, alley widths, dead-end streets without proper turnarounds, and surface parking in front of residential units, are critical factors the City’s ability to efficiently and effectively deliver curbside services.”

A design guidelines manual to inform the development community of requirements necessary to receive curbside solid waste collection services is attached. Among the criteria are the following:

• Alleys used for solid waste collection vehicles that serve individual residential units must be a minimum 18-feet in width.

• Alleys must meet the residential street standard asphalt surface course.

• Alleys should extend through a block between public streets and avoid 90-degree or acute angled turns.

• No detached single-family dwellings or attached single-family dwellings will be served if the following occurs:

o Surface parking is allowed in front of the dwelling units.

o The geometric design of public streets or alleys in the development does not meet the engineering department design standards of public streets.

o A private street or alley does not meet the geometric design and paving schedule approved by the Engineering Department design standards.

o A side-loading Solid Waste truck is physically unable to reach the 96-gallon City Solid Waste collection cart from the alley or roadway.

o Attached dwellings over 5 units, with common entrances for each building or with units arranged one atop the other in multiple stories, or water master-metered complexes with rental units.

o A right-hand side-loader collection vehicle must “back” into a roadway or alley to retrieve a 96-gallon Solid Waste cart.

For more information on Solid Waste collection, visit the department webpage at or call 615-893-3681.

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