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Are you signed up to "Do Your Part?"
Household Curbside Recycling Program
"Do Your Part With The Cart" is the new curbside recycling program from the City of Knoxville. It makes recycling simple: large cart delivered to your home, no sorting - all recyclables in the cart together, picked up curbside every other week, no additional charge for City garbage customers - what a deal!
Sign up today by calling 311 or click button below
Our initial goal of 20,000 has been met and as of this time you will be placed on our waiting list once you sign up. Click Here to Sign Up
FAQs for Recycling & Backdoor Service [PDF]
Recycling Pick Up Weekly Schedule 2014 [PDF]
Recycling Pick Up Weekly Schedule 2015[PDF]
Recyclable Items List [PDF]
Household Recycling Info Brochure [PDF]
Info Brochure (en Espanol) [PDF]

If you have questions about the program, please contact 311 (215-4311).
Recyclable items that can be included in the cart:
  • Plastics: plastic bottles, plastic jugs, milk jugs, detergent containers,
    all plastic containers #1-7
  • Metals: aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans
  • Glass: glass bottles, glass jars (brown, clear, green only)
  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cereal boxes, cardboard, shredded paper (placed in a paper bag to prevent scattered pieces)
  • Do not include: aluminum foil, batteries, ceramics, dishes, electronics, food waste, hazardous waste, light bulbs, medical waste, mirrors, plastic bags, shrink wrap, styrofoam, trash, window glass, or yard waste.
    Steps on how to recycle with the cart:
  • STEP 1: Rinse all recyclable containers
  • STEP 2: Flatten all recyclable boxes
  • STEP 3: Place recyclables into cart
  • STEP 4: Take cart to curb on collection day
    Call 311 (215-4311) for more information.
    Curbside Recycling Goal Has Been Met

    20,000 City residents have signed up for the new household recycling program that began October 1, 2011. The first round of carts was delivered between August 29 and October 1 to approximately 13,200 households that signed-up before August 14. Approximately 3,300 additional residents participate in a subscription service through Waste Connections and are automatically included in the new service with no additional charge with City garbage pick-up. Another 3,500 residents have signed up since August 14th and will receive carts in the second round of cart deliveries scheduled for February 2012.

    Interested in Curbside Recycling? Get on the Wait List Now!

    Thank you for your interest in the City's Curbside Recycling Program. On December 27, 2011 we reached our initial goal of 20,000 household participants. As of this point, you will be placed on a waiting list. If customer's move or drop out of the program, or if at some point in the future City administration and City Council approve additional funds, participation will be expanded. Again, thank you for the interest in this program!

    Please check back at www.cityofknoxville.org/householdrecycling for further up dates to the program.

    The program features:

  • No sorting - all recyclables in the cart together
  • Cart provided - a large cart will be provided by the City
  • Pick-up at the Curb - simply roll the cart to the curb every other week
  • No Additional Cost - City residents with garbage pick-up will have no additional fees for the recycling service
  • Good for our East Tennessee environment by helping reduce the volume of materials going into landfills.

    Households in the City limits of Knoxville that receive weekly garbage collection are eligible for the program. Apartments of more than four units are not eligible for this program but may continue to use the drop centers for their recycling needs.

    Residents in the Central Business Improvement District (CBID) will have single stream location options and do not need to sign up for the program. Details will be communicated by the City and the CBID.

    More details will be provided with your cart upon delivery.

    Subscription customers of the Waste Connections household curbside recycling program who live in the City limits will automatically be included in the new program with the City. Existing customers will not be billed for their service after September 30 of 2011.

    The City will maintain key Drop Center Recycling locations to serve multi-family residents, apartments and small businesses.

    Remember 75 - 80% of household garbage in Knoxville can be recycled!

    If you still have questions about the program, please contact 311 (215-4311).

    Click here to SIGN UP TODAY to be placed on the wait list for future expansion of the curbside recycling program.

    City Trash and Recycling Collection on Holidays

    Waste Connections, the City contractor for household trash and curbside recycling will make pickups as regularly scheduled on most holidays during the year except for the following: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day, when they will pickup on the following day after the holiday. If regularly scheduled pickup falls on one of the above designated holidays collections will resume on the next day after the above holiday. Each day after, for that week, collections will be one day behind schedule. For example, if the holiday falls on Monday the collection for Monday will take place on Tuesday. Tuesday's materials will be picked up on Wednesday and so on through Saturday.



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