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Recycling Cart Makenzie Read 
Public Service Coordinator
mread@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-2817

NOTICE: Christmas and Thanksgiving are the only days of the year when curbside trash and recycling are not picked up as scheduled. For the week 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.


REPORTING MISSED PICKUP

*If your brown City of Knoxville recycling cart was not emptied on your regular pickup day, please call 311. Note that Waste Connections has until the end of your pickup day to empty your City of Knoxville trash cart so please wait until the following day to call 311 and report the miss. In order to send a driver back for a missed pickup, misses must be reported during the two-day window after your pickup day.


WAYS TO RECYCLE IN KNOXVILLE:


1. CURBSIDE SINGLE-STREAM COLLECTION

2018 Curbside Recycling Calendar Available HERE

We are expanding this program! If you do not already have a curbside recycling cart please call 311 or sign up here. ​For more information about this program visit this page. 

*As of January 1st 2017 glass is no longer accepted in curbside single-stream carts.

This change is due to the fact that when glass is co-mingled with other recyclables in the same cart it easily breaks into tiny pieces that contaminate the other recyclables, thus creating a very low quality product for which there is no buyer. This type of end product cannot be recycled. In order to ensure that we maintain a viable curbside recycling program glass had to be removed from single-stream. Glass is recyclable only when brought to a drop-off center and separated by color.


2. RECYCLING DROP-OFF CENTERS

The City has 5 drop-off locations that are open 24-7. These centers are staffed 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. by a Goodwill attendant. We also encourage you to take advantage of Knox County drop-off centers as well as the one on UT campus. For more information about these centers go here

*Please take your glass to these drop-off centers because it is still readily recycled when separated by color.


​3. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY

Specialty recyclables such as used motor oil, electronics, and scrap metal, etc. can be taken to this facility.