City Recycling Centers

Waste and Resources Manager

Patience Melnik
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Recycling Center Makenzie Read
Waste and Resources Coordinator

For general Waste and Resources information, please contact the City by dialing 3-1-1.

The City of Knoxville, in cooperation with Kroger, Goodwill, Waste Connections, and WestRock Recycling, operates the city's recycling centers.


There are several recycling drop-off centers in the city that are operated in conjunction with Kroger and Goodwill Industries. The Centers are open 24 hours a day. Attendants from Goodwill staff the centers from 9 AM to 5 PM and can only accept household donations at these times. If no attendant is present please come back when an attendant is here or bring donations to a Goodwill store where hours may differ.

NORTH: Behind shopping center at I-640 Plaza - 4440 Western Ave.
SOUTH: Goodwill at W. Moody Ave. - 225 W. Moody Ave.
EAST: Goodwill at Chilhowee Park - 210 Alice St.
WEST: Goodwill at Cedar Bluff - 341 Parkvillage Rd.
DOWNTOWN: Downtown Recycling Center - 227 Willow Ave.


  • Plastics: containers #1-7 (#6 Styrofoam not accepted), cups, bottles, milk/juice/detergent jugs, & caps (NO plastic bags)
  • Metals: aluminum, steel & tin cans
  • Mixed Paper - any type of material that is 100 percent paper including phone books, catalogs, magazines, white and colored ledger paper, white and colored note pad paper and stationary, copy paper, NRC forms, sticky notes, envelopes with or without plastic windows, fax paper, manila folders, hanging folders (remove metal bands), paperboard such as toilet paper/paper towel tubes, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shredded paper (enclosed in paper bags), and paper bags.
    • Not necessary to remove labels, staples, tape, or the plastic windows from envelopes
  • Clear Glass
  • Brown Glass 
  • Green Glass 
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Newspaper (including inserts) 
  • Reusable Household Goods  
    • Can only be donated when Goodwill attendant is on site

Please rinse out all containers. NO plastic bags- all recyclables should be loose in the bins- not bagged.


  •  Plastic bags and other plastic films
    • Please consider taking empty plastic bags back to a local grocery or hardware store for recycling. We highly recommend using reusable bags.
  • Batteries
    • Lead Acid, lithium, and rechargeable (no alkaline) batteries may be brought to the Solid Waste Management Facility or recycling
    • Please also see battery recycling options at both the County and UT recycling drop-off centers- links above. 
  • Styrofoam
  • Aluminum foil/foil pans or pie plates
  • Bags/wrappers with silver inner linings (chips, candy, etc.)
  • Aerosol cans/paint cans
  • Pet food bags
  • Cords & garden hoses
  • Light bulbs/holiday lights
  • Waxy coated containers (milk/juice/ice cream cartons) 
  • Window glass, broken windshields
  • Any type of porcelain or pottery material such as plates or pots.
  • Plastic containers that hold hazardous waste such as pesticides/herbicides, motor oil and antifreeze bottles
  • Carbon paper (receipts, etc.)
  • Scrap metal (lawn mower blades, brake drums, etc)
    • Please consider bringing to a local scrap metal recycler
  • No Medical Waste. Insulin Sharps or Sharps containers are NOT accepted either inside plastic bottles or by themselves. These items can be disposed of in your household trash inside plastic bottles or through a proper disposal management company.