Can I get the full text of all center policies in writing?
Click here to download the complete Center Policies in pdf format.
Are there limits to how much waste I can bring to the centers?
Your property tax covers the cost of disposal for one pickup truck or trailer load (5’x8’ level with the bed of truck) per day to the centers. We understand that bulky items are larger and often awkward. Generally speaking you can recycle as much as you want but if you have large amounts or are a business it may be better to make arrangements with a commercial recycler.
Can I take large and bulky items to the centers?
Knox County Centers will accept large items such as hot water tanks, furniture, small demolition debris from home improvements, etc. Check with the operator at the center for directions on where to put your waste.
Do the centers take asphalt roofing shingles?
Knox County property taxes do not cover the cost for disposing asphalt shingles. You must dispose of them just like commercial entities. See our commercial solid waste site.
Do the centers take block or brick?
Knox County property taxes do not cover the cost for disposing block and brick. You must dispose of them just like commercial entities. See our commercial solid waste site.
Do the centers take tires?
Yes, but with limits:
Your property taxes cover the cost of disposing 4 regular car or light truck tires per year per household with or without the rim. No large truck tires. Any more than 4 tires you will need to haul your tires to the tire recycling facility and pay for their recycling fee. See our tire recycling program site for details.
Can I take metal from the center?
Scrap metal is a revenue stream for the county and it helps to keep your taxes low. If you see any abuse of this policy please do not hesitate to inform us. Please provide as much information as possible such as time, date, vehicle(s) in question, license plate numbers, and the nature of the suspicious activity you wish to report. Find our how to contact us on contact page.
Can I get curbside recycling at my house?
If you are in the County and you pay a subscription for curbside trash pickup you may be able to pay an additional amount for a convenient curbside recycling program. Waste Connections has a reward program called Recycle Bank where you can earn points for your recycling. And best of all you no longer have to sort your recyclables. Check with your local waste hauling companies for prices and availability.
Is there a place to take Hazardous Material such as Mercury, refrigerators or freezers with Freon in them, computers, paint, solvents, etc?
Knox County is fortunate to have a permanent household Hazardous Waste Facility. I want to learn more about the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.
Solid Waste Policy and Enforcement Issues
Knox County Solid Waste Policy