Downtown Business Recycling & Garbage Services

Waste and Resources Manager

Patience Melnik
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Makenzie Read 
Waste and Resources Coordinator

Extensive and thorough trash service in the Central Business Improvement District (CBID) ensures that our downtown remains an enjoyable place to shop, dine, live, and work. City of Knoxville employees pick up residents' and business' trash daily, preventing unsanitary and unpleasant pile-ups, vermin, and litter. 

All businesses located in downtown Knoxville are required to pay for waste disposal services unless they have provided the Waste and Resources Management Office proof of paying a private hauler for a dumpster. No business is exempt from these fees until proof of payment to a private hauler has been given. These fees do not apply to residential entities located downtown.

Fees for downtown waste disposal services:
  • $100 per quarter for daily collection of one 95 gallon trash cart
  • Each additional cart is another $50 per quarter
    • (i.e., 2 carts are $150/quarter, 3 carts are $200/quarter, etc.)

Rates are based on estimated volumes produced daily. Businesses self-report trash volumes to our office and are verified by the City employees who collect the waste. 

Please note that each business is not necessarily assigned a particular cart and that carts located throughout the CBID are for both business and residential use- this applies to recycling carts as well. 

Please fill out the Downtown Trash Audit Return Card for your organization and mail to the Waste and Resources Management Office, 400 Main St., P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901 or fax to 865-215-2420 or send via email to

You may also contact Makenzie for any questions regarding CBID waste services at or by calling 865-215-2817.