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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!

On December 27, 2011 we reached our initial goal of 20,000 household participants. During the past year we have been able to purchase and add another 2,500 carts to place residents into our curbside recycling program. As of this point, we have no further carts to issue and you will be placed on a waiting list. If customers move or drop out of the program we will issue a cart to those at the top of the waiting list. There is no further funding to add carts to the program under the current contract with Waste Connections. If at some point in the future, 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 the WAITING LIST UPDATE.

The program features:
  • No sorting - all recyclables in the cart together
  • 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 jugs, milk jugs, detergent containers,
    all plastic containers #1-7
  • Metals: aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans
  • Glass: glass bottles, glass jars (brown, clear, green only)
  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cereal boxes, cardboard, shredded paper (placed in a paper bag to prevent scattered pieces)
  • Do not include: aluminum foil, batteries, ceramics, dishes, electronics, food waste, hazardous waste, light bulbs, medical waste, mirrors, plastic bags, shrink wrap, styrofoam, 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.