Bulky Waste Collection

Solid Waste Manager

Patience Melnik
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St., Room 470
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Makenzie ReadBulky Waste
Public Service Coordinator

Bulky Waste

Please remember that all weekly household garbage must fit inside the cart to be collected. Any overflow household garbage is not considered Bulky Waste and will not be collected. Please see our curbside garbage page for more details.

Since January 2017, residents may set out their wheeled City of Knoxville garbage cart containing household trash, plus up to 5 bulky items.

What is bulky waste?
• Bulky waste items are household items such as furniture, tires, appliances, old personal trash cans, and other household items too large to fit in your empty garbage cart. Bulky items must be set out on the same day as garbage next to your cart by 7 a.m. Bulky waste is not typically picked up by the regular trash truck; please allow up to two businesses from collection day for the bulky truck to return for your bulky items.

Which acceptable bulky items have special care instructions prior to pickup?
• Appliances containing coolant (e.g. refrigerator/freezer) must be drained of Freon by certified personnel and tagged with proof of proper draining.  Freon-containing appliances not tagged appropriately will not be collected and hauled away.  Residents can also transport these appliances to the Solid Waste Management Facility or to PSC metals where qualified staff can drain the appliance and discard appropriately.
• All gas powered equipment (e.g. lawn mowers, weed-eaters) must be drained of all liquids (e.g. gasoline, oil, kerosene).
• Carpet set out for disposal must be no longer than 6 feet in length and must be rolled and tied.

What is NOT considered bulky waste?

• Construction waste is not bulky waste and is the responsibility of the contractor or homeowner to remove.  These materials can be taken to the Solid Waste Management Facility at 1033 Elm Street.  
• Home renovation materials are not bulky waste.  This includes even small projects such as replacing doors, windows, toilets, and other home improvement projects.  These materials can be taken to the Solid Waste Management Facility at 1033 Elm Street for proper disposal.  
• Bulky waste is NOT additional bags of household garbage that the cart was too full to hold.
• Cardboard boxes are NOT considered bulky waste as they can be broken down to fit inside your cart. We recommend recycling your cardboard boxes in the City-issued recycling carts or at one of the 12 recycling drop-off centers available to you at no charge. 
• Other items that will not be picked up as bulky waste include but are not limited to specialty items such as pianos, auto parts, basketballs goals with bases attached, exercise machines, yard waste, construction and demolition material, items that are over six feet long, or items that are too heavy to be picked up by two sanitation workers.  
• If you have difficulty limiting garbage to the amount the cart will hold, the City offers other options, including a recycling program that can help residents manage waste. Also, Waste Connections will provide an additional cart and service for a small fee. Call Waste Connections at 865-522-8161 for more information.  

Which specialty bulky items are suggested to call ahead prior to set out?
*The following items require special disposal; therefore, it is best to call Waste Connections ahead of time so that they send out the proper equipment to handle the items accordingly. Please call 865-522-8161 ext. 2 before setting the following items out for disposal*

• Anything considered hazardous: tires, refrigerators, water heaters (items that contain coolant), etc. 
• Mattresses

Reporting Missed Bulky Garbage Pickup:
*If your bulky items meet the guidelines above, were set next to your City of Knoxville trash cart by 7 AM on your pickup day, and were not collected within two business days, please call 311.