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Bulky And Do-It-Yourself Demolition Waste

Bulky waste is collected separately at centers and sent to a different type of landfill specifically regulated to accept non-hazardous bulky items, otherwise known as construction and demolition waste. Common types of bulky waste accepted at centers are:

  • Couches
  • Mattresses
  • Box springs
  • Demolition from home repairs (more specifics below)
  • Carpet pieces (cut into small pieces)
  • Tables
  • Windows and Doors

DIY Demolition

Do-it-yourself home improvement projects are a great way for Knox County residents to save money while improving their home’s value. Knox County Solid Waste offers several convenient locations to dispose of bulky do-it-yourself demolition waste.


  • Service is only available to residents in Knox County (have either a Knox County license plate OR have proof of residency).
  • Do-it-yourself construction waste must be no longer than 4 or 5 feet because the material must fit ENTIRELY in the receiver of the demolition waste box.
  • Maximum daily load limit of one (1) 5’ x 8’ pickup truck or equivalent trailer load per day.
  • Sheetrock, drywall, plaster and porcelain toilets/sinks are ALLOWED as long as they are not over the maximum daily load limit above.
  • Treated wood, railroad ties, shingles, block, brick, dirt and gravel are NOT accepted (these items will need to be taken directly to a landfill).

No Contractors

The permit on file with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) strictly prohibits Knox County Solid Waste Convenience Centers from accepting any amount of commercial waste generated by contractors or anyone being paid to perform work or remove waste.

Over the Limit

The City of Knoxville Transfer Station may accept overflow material for a small charge . They can be contacted directly at 865-215-6700 for more information on hours of operation, fees and restrictions.

Illegal Dumping

Violation of this policy is illegal dumping and is punishable by $1,000 fine. Centers are monitored by video.

More Information

For more specific inquiries or clarification residents should refer to the FAQ page or contact the Knox County Solid Waste Offices .

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Solid Waste Administrative Office

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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