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Patience Melnik
Waste and Resources Manager
pmelnik@knoxvilletn.gov
Makenzie Read
Waste and Resources Coordinator
mread@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-2817


NOTICE REGARDING HOLIDAYS: “When in doubt, set it out!” Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only days of the year when curbside trash and recycling are not picked up as scheduled. For the days following those two holidays, collection is delayed by one day and Sanitation Workers work through Saturday to catch up. The following Monday, service resumes as usual.


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MISSED GARBAGE PICKUP

If your gray City of Knoxville garbage cart was not emptied on your regular pickup day, please follow these guidelines:
  • Leave your cart at the curb; do not pull it back to your house. Occasionally drivers work late or collect missed carts the next day.
  • Wait until the next business day to report. Trucks break down, construction blocks roads, and stops are rerouted. Even if you've noticed a pattern of when the truck comes by, there are no set times for pickup. You can't be sure you were missed until the following day; therefore, please wait to report.

  • Report within two business days of being missed. If Monday is your pickup day, for example, please report on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you miss the reporting window, we still want to know--but the driver can't return for the trash until the next scheduled pickup day.

  • Report by calling 311 or by using the "Report Missed Pickup" button above. For fastest service, please do not email to report. Consider downloading the "My Knoxville App" to report trash misses or any other City-related issue.