City Recycling Centers

Waste and Resources Manager

Patience Melnik
400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

Report trash, recycling or cart issues to (865) 215-4311 or

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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 Goodwill, Waste Connections, and WestRock Recycling, operates the city's recycling centers.


There are five recycling drop-off centers in the city and each is attended by Goodwill Industries. The Centers are open and staffed from 8 AM to 8 PM. We also encourage you to take advantage of Knox County drop-off centers as well as the one on UT campus.

NORTH: Goodwill Store - 5412 Pleasant Ridge Rd.
SOUTH: Chapman Highway - 225 W. Moody Ave.
EAST: Chilhowee Park/Magnolia Ave - 210 Alice St.
WEST: Cedar Bluff - 341 Parkvillage Rd.
DOWNTOWN: Old City - 227 Willow Ave.


Plastics - containers #1-7 (#6 Styrofoam not accepted), cups, bottles, milk / juice / detergent jugs, & caps (NO plastic bags or plastic films!)
Metals - aluminum, steel & tin cans
Mixed 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.
Glass - clear, brown, and green
Cardboard - (flattened)
Newspaper - (including inserts)
Reusable Household Goods - (Donated to Goodwill attendant 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.
- Lead Acid, lithium, and rechargeable (no alkaline) batteries may be brought to the Solid Waste Management Facility for recycling. Alkaline batteries may be disposed of in your regular trash.
- Please also see battery recycling options at both the County and UT recycling drop-off centers - links above.
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, holiday lights, and other "tanglers"
Light bulbs
Waxy coated containers such as milk / juice / ice cream cartons
Window glass, drinking glasses, 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 a sealed rigid plastic container or through a proper disposal management company.