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Problem Wastes & Restrictions

There are some materials that are not accepted at the drop-off centers, not accepted at certain locations or accepted with limits.

Knox County operates eight drop-off centers throughout the county. Each center offers comprehensive recycling options. Knox County residents may drop off as much recycling as they wish.
We limit non-recyclable household waste to one standard 5x8 pickup per household per day. Heaping loads and very large trailers WILL be turned away. If you have a large amount of waste that exceeds the daily limit you will have to dispose of your waste the same as a commercial waste generator.


Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drop-off centers will be closed on specific holidays. Please refer to the Holiday Schedule, or call 865-215-5865 for more information. 


Click on links below for drop-off locations and directions

  • 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)
  • Forks of the River
    3106 Water Plant Road  (Take Asbury Road off John Sevier Highway, go left on South National Drive, go left again on Water Plant Road)
  • 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)

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) is managed and operated by the City of Knoxville. The City of Knoxville waste facility has different hours and holiday schedules than County drop off centers. For more information on hours of operation please contact HHW directly at 865-215-6700.

Household Hazardous Waste
Link above will take you to the City of Knoxville Website.
HHW is located at 1033 Elm Street.

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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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