Solid Waste Facility

Waste and Resources Manager

Patience Melnik
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Charles Thomas
Waste Facility Manager
Solid Waste Facility
Transfer Station + Household Hazardous Waste
1033 Elm Street
Knoxville, TN 37921
Office: 865-215-6700
Fax: 865-215-6711

Until further notice, the Solid Waste Facility only accepts credit or debit cards—NO CASH.

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 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. The Solid Waste Facility (both Transfer Station and the Household Hazardous Waste Facility) will be closed Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Household Hazardous Waste  Transfer Station

The first Saturday each month, unless closed due to holiday, is Free for City of Knoxville Residents Day. No County residents or commercial businesses may use the facility on these days due to high traffic volumes and the scales being closed. Please be prepared to show proof of City residence.
*No commercial vehicles or waste
*No dump trucks
*No trailers over 2,500 lbs (gross weight)
*No shingles
*No brush
*One visit per household (no exceptions)
*Please expect long lines.

All Visitors Must Always Drive Across the Scale


Transfer Station and Household Hazardous Waste
Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri.: 7 am to 3:45 pm
Wed.: 7 am to 11:45 am
Sat.: 8 am to 11:45 am
Sun.: Closed
Solid Waste Facility Calendar [PDF]

Solid Waste Management FacilityFEE STRUCTURE
  • Minimum fee of $1. Debit or credit cards only. No American Express and NO CASH.
  • Garbage, Construction, & Demolition Debris - $60 per ton
  • Shingles or Shingles Combined with Other Waste - $70 per ton
Household Hazardous Waste - No Charge (for City and County residents only, commercial household hazardous waste and recycling not accepted at this facility). 

Specialty Recycling - No Charge except for appliances containing refrigerant (which require additional handling requirements) are subject to regular tipping fees: $60 per ton with a minimum fee of $1.00.


The Solid Waste Facility is where individuals and businesses can dispose of a wide variety of solid waste materials.  Here you can rid yourself of tires (limit of only 4 a day), building materials, construction / demolition debris, and most other materials not permitted in daily garbage collections. 

Along with Solid Waste disposal, the Solid Waste Facility also contains a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. Knoxville and Knox County residents may drop their household hazardous materials at this permanent drop-off facility. Items accepted include automotive oil and fuel (10 gal. limit per day), additives, antifreeze, bleach, cooking grease, fluorescent tubes & compact fluorescent light bulbs, fungicides/wood preservatives, herbicides, pesticides, household batteries (rechargeable and hazardous, no alkaline), oil-based paint (no latex paint; view this link on how to properly dispose of latex paint), and other items. For a complete list please visit the HHW page.

  • Used motor oil
  • Electronics
  • Scrap metal
  • Appliances
  • Appliances containing coolant, refrigerant, etc. such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Appliances containing coolant are subject to regular tipping fees.

Solid Waste Management FacilityMATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED INCLUDE 
  • Loose, blown insulation (bagged insulation is accepted)
  • Asphalt
  • Commercial hazardous waste
  • Contaminated soil
  • Dead animals
  • Lighting ballasts
  • Hot ashes
  • Medical waste (including oxygen tanks)
  • Sludge
  • Railroad ties over 3 ft. in length
  • Large amounts of rock, brick, concrete, or dirt (limited to two wheelbarrows full per vehicle trip)
  • Yard waste*
*Yard waste that is brought to any of the three Living Earth Knoxville locations will be turned into mulch. For more information, call 865-927-7646. ROCK, BRICK, CONCRETE, DIRT: You may bring up to two wheelbarrows full of rock, brick, concrete, or dirt only. Any more than that amount cannot be accepted since it will damage the machinery we use to process materials.


  • This is a non-smoking facility.
  • All vehicles are required to cross the scales and must be able to unload in 30 minutes or less.
  • For liability purposes, City employees cannot help to unload any items.
  • Residential, commercial trash, and construction materials may be brought to the Transfer Station.
  • The City reserves the right to refuse any materials.
  • All vehicles are required to separate recyclables, tires (limit of 4 per day), building materials, construction/demolition debris, and any other material as directed by the attendant and unload them in appropriate areas of the facility.
  • No material may be removed from the Solid Waste Facility.