GBB Team to Develop Solid Waste Strategic Plan for Rutherford County and City of Murfreesboro, TN

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Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
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Fairfax, VA (August 12, 2016) – Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announced today that it has contracted with Rutherford County and the City of Murfreesboro, TN, to prepare a solid waste strategic plan that will identify and evaluate available technologies to expand, create, supplement, or replace the existing infrastructure to manage the community’s solid waste management needs into the next 20 to 40 years. Joining GBB for this assignment are TriAD Environmental Consultants and Cooley Public Strategies, LLC, both headquartered in Tennessee.

“The most pressing challenges facing the County and the City at present are remarkable population growth and locally-available disposal capacity for both municipal solid waste and debris,” stated Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. “GBB’s team clearly understands the challenges Rutherford County faces and has a sound approach to create a long-term vision with an achievable roadmap for our future solid waste management system.”

As part of this assignment, the GBB Project Team will conduct a planning and public decision-making process that will review key factors such as: technology and management options for the future solid waste management system; who the solid waste management system should serve; how the system should be implemented; and, how the system will be administered.

“The City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County have asked us to carry out a multi-step process to engage stakeholders to set the vision for how the region manages its municipal solid waste going forward,” said GBB Senior Vice President John G. Carlton, P.E., BCEE, who will be Project Manager for this assignment. “Initially, we will define which public entities will be part of a future solid waste management system, the possible establishment of a countywide or regional authority, and preliminary consideration of solid waste management options.”

Rutherford County is one of the top five most populated counties in Tennessee, and its population growth is expected to be the highest in the state, going from the current 300,000 to an expected 420,000 by 2030. The County, which has no curbside collection of recyclables, provides solid waste disposal/recycling services to its residents through 14 Recycling Centers, and electronic waste disposal/recycling services through the Rutherford County Recycle Center. It also owns and operates the Rutherford County Landfill, a Class III/IV facility expected to reach capacity within four years. For municipal solid waste disposal services, the County currently disposes approximately 258,000 tons of solid waste per year at the locally-available private landfill through its Host Community Agreement.

The City of Murfreesboro, which is the County seat and geographic center of Tennessee, operates one convenience center and provides residential curbside garbage and yard waste collection services. It also operates the Murfreesboro Mulch facility to manage yard waste and brush.

About GBB

GBB is an award-winning national solid waste management consulting firm founded in 1980 that helps public and private entities do better things with waste. GBB specializes in solid waste collection, processing, recycling, resource recovery, and disposal issues and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit,,,, or call 703-573-5800.