Gunner Sweeney A Nashville Visionary

Dated: 04/24/2013

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by T.J. Anderson

With Earth Day this past Monday in Nashville, we thought we would spotlight this cool kid:


This is Gunner Sweeney. He's like the modern version of the paperboy, except with an altruistic twist.

In 2009, then 5-year-old Gunner started his own glass recycling business to help keep the earth healthy. The East Nashvillian and his dad--and now a few friends--figured that more people would recycle their glass, keeping it out of the landfill, if only it was easier to do and didn't involve hauling their glass to the recycling center. So, they started Gunner's Glass Recycling, which has been a huge hit with the city's residents to say the least. Lots of local restaurants are now doing their glass recycling through the service, and those grey bins have become ubiquitous on porches and front walks across East Nashville, Germantown, and 12 South.


Gunner's recycling routes run in East Nashville, Germantown, and 12 South, and they send out emails before pickup to remind people that they're coming. The bottles are then taken to a rented warehouse in South Inglewood for sorting and short-term storage before being deposited at the Metro Recycling Solid Waste Center on Doctor Richard G. Adams Drive, just off Trinity Lane in East Nashville.

Find Gunner's Glass Recycling on Facebook here. Or on their website here.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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