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Knox County Tennessee Trash Residential Service

Residential Pickup Schedule - New!

Garbage Collection

Weekly subscription residential Tennessee trash service is offered in Knox County. The 96 gallon carts must be placed at the curb by 6:00am on the day of pickup.

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Yard Waste

Weekly pickup of grass & leaves in plastic bags at curb. A maximum of 5 bags per week. Also accept tree trimmings tied in small bundes of 4 foot lengths at curb.

Curbside Recycling

Waste Connections of Tennessee offers subscription curbside recycling in Knox County excluding Knoxville. The 95 gallon recycle cart (dark brown) must be placed outside by 6am at least 4 feet from another container or object.

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2021 Knox County - Recycling Calendar

2020 Knox County - Recycling Calendar


All residential Tennessee trash and recycling customers are billed quarterly. 

We may it easy to pay your Waste Connections Knoxville bill, simply visit the Pay Bill page and pay online, by phone or by mail.

For customer service or to become a Waste Connections of Tennessee customer, call 865-522-0078 or 865-522-8161


Starting in 2016, there are only two holidays that will impact your pick-up service.

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Knox County Drop Off Centers

  • Carter

    8815 Asheville Hwy
    (Just east off of Asheville Highway and the Andrew Johnson Highway Split)

  • Dutchtown

    10618 Dutchtown Road
    (Easy access from Lovell Rd or Pellissippi Parkway)

  • Halls

    3608 Neal Road
    (A few hundred yards past Kmart)

    The Halls facility will accept yard waste for a modest fee

  • John Sevier

    1950 W. Governor John Sevier Highway
    (at Twin Creek Rd area between Alcoa Highway and Chapman Highway)

  • Karns

    6818 Oak Ridge Hwy
    (On Western Ave between Schaad Road and Ball Road)

  • Powell

    7311 Morton View Lane
    (Just east of the railroad tracks on Emory Road in Powell)

  • Tazewell Pike / Gibbs

    7201 Tazewell Pike
    (Just south of Emory Road)

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For plastic containers, please look for the recycle triangle and number on the bottom. It is not necessary to remove labels on containers, but please rinse them.

  • #1 - #7 Plastic Containers (except those noted below)
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Mixed Paper - any type of material that is 100% paper, including:
    • phone books
    • catalogs
    • magazines
    • white and colored ledger paper
    • white and colored note pad paper and stationary
    • copy paper
    • NRC forms
    • sticky notes
    • envelopes, with or without plastic windows
    • fax paper
    • manila folders
    • hanging folders (remove metal bands)
    • paperboard such as cereal boxes
    • tissue boxes
    • shredded paper
    • paper bags
  • Books (hard-bound books - books and covers can be recycled in the mixed paper bins)
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Newspaper (including inserts)
  • Reusable Household Goods
  • Household Batteries (lithium, ni-cad, and rechargeable only)

Not Accepted

  • Aerosol Cans (empty or full)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Scrap Metal (lawn mower blades, brake drums, etc)
  • Mylar (i.e., shiny silver plastic) Things such as potato chip bags or a foil bag to keep items cold / hot.
  • Aluminum Foil or Pie Plates
  • Plastic containers that hold hazardous waste such as pesticides / herbicides, motor oil, and antifreeze bottles.
  • Window glass, broken windshields, light bulbs, or any type of porcelain or pottery material such as plates or pots, carbon paper, and styrofoam.
  • Milk cartons, food, and orange juice containers made of paper and coated with a chemical material inside or outside.
  • No Medical Waste. Insulin sharps or sharps containers are NOT accepted either inside plastic bottles or by themselves. These items can be disposed of in your household trash inside plastic bottles or through a proper disposal management company.

Examples of plastics that are not recyclable in Knox County.

  • Mixed containers such as those for nuts that have some plastic and some paper board and are difficult to separate.
  • Non-Container Plastics (car bumpers, kiddy pools)
  • Household Garbage / Food Waste
  • Styrofoam containers, boxes, packing materials even with the recycling triangle, styrofoam peanuts.
  • Plastic containers for hazardous fluids / materials.
  • Garden Hoses
  • Heavy plastic wrap such as the type that covers paper towels or toilet paper.
  • Clear storage bags and trash bags such as Hefty, Glad etc.
  • Other Plastic Films
  • Thin plastic wrap such as Saran wrap, cereal bags from the inside of cereal boxes.
  • Post-Industrial Plastics or Bulky Plastics
  • Grocery Bags

Household Hazardous Waste

Please do not put Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) items in the trash or recycling containers. These items must be brought to the special location below for proper handling.

For residents of Knoxville and Knox County only.

Solid Waste Facility - HHW
1033 Elm St
Knoxville, TN 37921

Weekdays 7:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 8:00am to Noon

The City Facility Accepts:

Paint and Paint Related Materials

  • Paint (20 gal. limit per day per container size)
  • Paint Stripper and Removers, Brush Cleaners
  • Paint Thinner
  • Stains
  • Varnish
  • Wood or Metal Cleaners and Polishers

Lawn and Garden

  • Fungicides/Wood Preservatives
  • Herbicides, Weed Killer
  • Insect Repellent
  • Insecticide
  • Pesticides
  • Propane Cylinders
  • MAPP Gas Cylinders
  • Pool Chemicals

Automotive Products

  • Automotive Oil and Fuel (10 gal. limit per day)
  • Additives
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake Fluid
  • Car Wax and Cleaners
  • Carburetor and Fuel Injection Cleaners
  • Gasoline
  • Grease and Rust Solvents
  • Hand Cleaners
  • Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Starter Fluids
  • Transmission fluid
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Auto Body Repair Products

Appliances, Mercury, and Freon

  • Air Conditioners
  • Computer Systems (limit 2 per resident/quarter)
  • Fluorescent Tubes and Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Freezers
  • Mercury Thermometers and Thermostats
  • Refrigerators
  • Pressurized Fire Extinguishers

Kitchen, Bathroom Products, Pet, and Cleaning Solvents

  • Adhesives
  • Bleach
  • Caulk
  • Cooking Grease
  • Detergent
  • Drain Openers
  • Flea Collars
  • Household Batteries (rechargeable & hazardous. No Alkaline)
  • Household Cleaners
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Mothballs
  • Oven cleaner
  • Pet Spray and Dip
  • Rat and Mouse Poison
  • Shoe Polish
  • Spot Remover
  • Toilet Bowel Cleaner
  • Tub and Tile Cleaner

The City Facility Does Not Accept:

  • Ammunition (Contact the Knoxville Police Dept)
  • Explosives (Contact the Knoxville Police Dept)
  • Industrial, commercial, or business generated hazardous waste.
  • Medical Waste (needles can be put inside two liter bottles or milk jugs with the lid and placed in your trash container)
  • Any household hazardous waste in commercial or work vehicles.
  • Any household hazardous waste from out of county residents.
  • Any household hazardous waste over 20 gallons of paint or 100 pounds per household.
  • Materials generated by any type of business (Commercial Hazardous Waste)
  • Non-Propane Cylinders
  • Radioactive Waste (including smoke detectors)
  • Unidentifiable Materials

Reduce Through Reuse

Materials that are in good condition and useable will be set aside at the Collection Center and can be picked up by residents free of charge.

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