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Knoxville Residential Service

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Garbage Collection

Residential Tennessee trash service within the city limits of Knoxville is provided by Waste Connections of Tennessee.

For customer service, call
865-522-0078 or 865-522-8161

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Residents of Knoxville do not need to sign up for curbside Tennessee trash service. They simply need to place their own garbage containers out by 7:00am on their service day.

Yard Waste

The collection of leaves and brush is provided by the City of Knoxville.  

Curbside Recycling

To receive Knoxville curbside recycling service by Waste Connections of Tennessee, residents living within the city limits must sign up online.

Approved residents will receive a 95 Gallon (Brown / Gray) recycling cart and a bi-weekly Knoxville recycling schedule (see below). Knoxville recycling carts need to be placed at the curb no later than 7:00am on your day of service.

The City of Knoxville does not charge approved residents for this service.

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2021 Knoxville Recycling Schedule

There are only two holidays that will impact your pick-up service.   

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Recycling Supercenters

Please read the December 1, 2020 update on the Knoxville City Drop-Off Locations

In addition to curbside pickup, all Knoxville residents are encouraged to take their recycling to the following Supercenters.  Unlike curbside, glass bottles and jars are accepted at the Supercenters:

  • Northwest 

    Goodwill at 5412 Pleasant Ridge Road (opened Dec 2, 2020)

  • South

    Goodwill at W. Moody Ave. - 225 W. Moody Ave

  • East

    Goodwill at Chilhowee Park - 210 Alice St (Corner of Magnolia Ave. & Alice - across from Chilhowee Park)

  • West

    Goodwill at Cedar Bluff - 341 Parkvillage Rd

  • Downtown

    Downtown Recycling Center - 227 Willow Ave., Located in the City Parking lot under the exit ramp to Summit Hill


8 am to 8 pm

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Curbside Recyclables


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)

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 and 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.
  • Household Batteries (lithium, ni-cad, and rechargeable only)

Examples of plastics that are not recyclable in Knoxville

  • 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, egg cartons, 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 and 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

For most current information, please visit:

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

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 7:00 am - 3:45 pm
Wednesdays 7:00 am - 11:45 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:45 am

The City Facility Accepts:

Paint and Paint Related Materials

  • Oil-based paint/stain (20 gal. limit per day per container size)
  • Paint Stripper and Removers, Brush Cleaners
  • Paint Thinner
  • Stains
  • Varnish
  • Wood and 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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