Outdoor Classroom

Mimi D. Keisling
Environmental Education Coordinator

1 South Public Square
Room 215-D Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
(615) 542-4633
[email protected]


Brand New Preschool Nature Series at the Outdoor Classroom- iSpy 2018!

The Rutherford County Environmental Education Program supports and teaches environmentally responsible choices. The programs reflect the issues facing the world today, with a particular emphasis on our own community and backyards. The education opportunities are designed to reduce water pollution, eliminate litter, and reduce solid waste through recycling and source reduction.

The Environmental Education Program is not affiliated with septic permits. Please call the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Water Resources at (615) 898-7891 or visit TDEC at Tennessee State Government - TN.gov

Recycling is Valuable for Today and Tomorrow
Recycling is important! It is the simplest way to preserve the earth’s valuable natural resources; it also conserves energy and saves landfill space. Economically it is a win because recycling saves money through the reduction of waste disposal fees, and it even creates jobs in Rutherford County. Most importantly, however, recycling helps to maintain the earth for future generations. Recycling is the right thing to do – both for today and tomorrow!

Make Recycling a Daily Habit

Taking the time to recycle is easy. Simply designate one or more containers in your home or garage to collect recyclable items. Make frequent visits to the recycling or convenience centers, or contact a curbside recycling company to make the collection at your home. Also, try to recycle and pre-cycle at every opportunity. Remember that what you buy today produces garbage tomorrow. As a consumer look for items made with recycled materials, and with a minimum amount of packaging that can be recycled again. It is called “closing the loop,” which means to reduce, reuse, or recycle


2018 Christmas Tree Disposal Information
Household Hazardous Waste Collections for 2019

Sheriff's Office Offers New Drug Disposal Bin

If you need to safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office now has a permanent bin to drop off unneeded medication. The bin was donated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at the request of Deputy Jim Noe of the Community Service Unit. The sheriff’s office hopes that this bin will keep prescription drugs off the streets and prevent people from flushing medication into the county water system, where it is hazardous both for animals and people.
The drop off bin is located in the lobby of the sheriff’s office at 940 New Salem Highway and will be available 24 hours a day for public use. All disposals can be made anonymously, so people are encouraged to drop off illegal narcotics as well. Medications must be in a container or bag and any liquids must be sealed. The front of the bin has a list of further instructions for proper disposal.