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Knox Recycles

Each county operated drop-off center offers comprehensive recycling options, ranging from aluminum can and plastic bottle collection to car battery and CFL lightbulb recycling. In addition to the eight county drop-off centers, there are several other recycling centers located in the greater Knoxville area. If you are a City of Knoxville resident you can call 215-4311 for more information on city recycling centers and curbside collection.

Please note that some of Knox County’s smaller centers have limited recycling options. See below for more information on what’s accepted and where.

Have a question about recycling that’s not answered on this page? Feel free to email the

Recycling Coordinator or call the Solid Waste office at 215-5865 for more information.

Why should I recycle?

Knox County taxpayers spend between $1.6 and $2 million annually to haul trash to a landfill and bury it. In contrast, last year’s revenue from the sale of recyclable waste earned the county more than $500,000, which helps offset the significant expense of landfilling trash. The Solid Waste Department estimates that the county can generate $25,000 simply by reducing trash by 1 percent and increasing recycling by the same.

Recycling Collected at Centers:

Map of Knox County recycling centers

  • Plastic (all plastics #1-7)
  • Mixed paper (EXCEPT Karns)
  • Cardboard (EXCEPT Carter and Karns)
  • Newspaper
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Glass (clear, green and brown)
  • Scrap metal (appliances, grills, other scrap)
  • Car batteries
  • Propane cylinders
  • Auto Waste (used oil, oil filters and antifreeze)
  • Tires (click here) (NOT accepted at Carter)
  • Yardwaste (click here) (accepted at the Halls Center for a small fee)
  • CFL Lightbulbs
  • Mercury thermostats
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Goodwill drop-off locations (Dutchtown, Halls and John Sevier)
  • Cooking oil (accepted at Dutchtown, Halls or John Sevier in a NON-GLASS container)
  • Electronic waste (accepted at Dutchtown, Halls and John Sevier)
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Solid Waste Administrative Office

205 West Baxter Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-JUNK (5865)
Fax: 865-215-5820

Solid Waste administrative Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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