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Household Recycling

Currently 22,500 City residents are participating in the city's household recycling program that began October 1, 2011.

Interested in Curbside Recycling? Get on the Waitlist Now!

We currently have no further carts to issue and you will be placed on a waiting list. In the future when City administration and City Council approve additional funds, participation in the program will be expanded.  

*Click here to SIGN UP TODAY to be placed on the waiting list for future expansion of the curbside recycling program.

**Click here to see if your address is currently on the waiting list.

*Please note that there is no timeline for when you might receive your recycling bin. There is a process we go through to acquire and deliver recycling bins and that process requires time. We appreciate your patience and urge you to bring recyclables to a nearby drop-off center location in the meantime. Thank you!

**If your address is not currently on the waiting list or if the owner information is not correct and up-to-date please call City Services at 311 to update your information.

The program features:
  • No sorting - all recyclables in the cart together
    • Due to recycling markets glass is better recycled by separating by color and taken to drop-off centers rather than placed in your curbside cart.
  • Cart provided - a large cart will be provided by the City
  • Pick-up at the curb - simply roll the cart to the curb every other week
  • No additional cost - City residents with garbage pick-up will have no additional fees for the recycling service
  • Good for our East Tennessee environment by helping reduce the volume of materials going into landfills!
Recyclable items that can be included in the cart:
  • Plastics: plastic bottles, plastic cups, plastic jugs, milk jugs, detergent containers,
    all plastic containers #1-7
  • Metals: aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans
  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, junk mail, sticky notes, envelopes, notebooks, office paper with or without staples and tape, cereal boxes, cardboard, shredded paper (placed in a paper bag to prevent scattered pieces)
  • Glass: glass bottles, glass jars (brown, clear, green only)
    • Due to recycling markets glass is better recycled by separating by color and taken to drop-off centers rather than placed in your curbside cart.
  • Do not include:
    • plastic bags/plastic film, food waste, styrofoam, chip bags/candy wrappers, plastic utensils, straws, aluminum foil and baking pans, batteries, ceramics, dishes, electronics,  hazardous waste, light bulbs, medical waste, mirrors, trash, window glass, or yard waste.

Steps on how to recycle with the cart:

STEP 1: Rinse all recyclable containers
STEP 2: Flatten all recyclable boxes
STEP 3: Place recyclables into cart
STEP 4: Take cart to curb on collection day

Who can participate?
  • Households in the City limits of Knoxville that receive weekly garbage collection are eligible for the program. Apartments of more than four units are not eligible for this program but may continue to use the drop centers for their recycling needs.
  • Residents in the Central Business Improvement District (CBID) will have single stream location options and do not need to sign up for the program. Details will be communicated by the City and the CBID.
  • Subscription customers of the Waste Connections household curbside recycling program who live in the City limits will automatically be included in the new program with the City. Existing customers will not be billed for their service after September 30, 2011.
  • The City will maintain key Drop Center Recycling locations to serve multi-family residents, apartments and small businesses.

More details will be provided with your cart upon delivery.

If you still have questions about the program, please contact 311 at 865-215-4311.

City Trash and Recycling Collection on Holidays - Waste Connections, the City contractor for household trash and curbside recycling will make pickups as regularly scheduled on most holidays during the year except for the two following days: Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day, when they will pick up on the following day after the holiday. If regularly scheduled pickup falls on one of the above designated holidays collections will resume on the next day after the above holiday. Each day after, for that week, collections will be one day behind schedule. For example, if the holiday falls on Monday the collection for Monday will take place on Tuesday. Tuesday's materials will be picked up on Wednesday and so on through Saturday.