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Solid Waste Department

County Convenience Centers are open normal hours but are being flooded with record amounts of users and waste. Because of the increase in usage, Convenience Centers will begin ONLY collecting bagged household trash and loose recyclables from food, beverage, and cardboard containers. Centers will turn away individuals exceeding load limits and individuals that have large loads of bulky and/or scrap metal items. Please do not bring bulky items such as furniture, lumber, demolition material, scrap metal, tires, carpet, or other non-essential trash items. Users with bulky items MAY be re-directed to disposal facilities that charge fees. Convenience Centers may also be forced to close early if all the containers fill up. Center users are urged to come early and we ask you try to bring your trash on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday because these days are less busy. Center gates will close promptly at published closing times and users not already in the gate will be told to come back the next day. We apologize for the inconvenience but Centers were not designed to operate at this capacity for extended periods and we must make sure we have the capacity to accept bagged household trash because safe sanitary disposal of bagged household trash is essential to human health and welfare.

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Convenience Center Normal Hours

8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday- Friday
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays
closed Sundays
Convenience Center Holiday Schedule
NOTICE: Convenience Centers may also close in the event of very poor weather or in the event of power outages.

Department Head: Drew Thurman

Knox County Solid Waste operates in four (4) primary functional areas listed below. For more information about the department feel free to contact us at any time.

  1. Operating seven (7) drop off waste facilities throughout Knox County called Convenience Centers where residents bring their household trash, bulky items, and other recyclablesfor proper disposal.
  2. Operating a roadside litter and dumping pickup program to remove litter from the sides of Knox County roads using a combination of paid and volunteer labor.
  3. Managing a waste tire disposal program using State of Tennessee designated tire funds collected from the point of sale of new tires.
  4. Performing outreach and education in advance of the Solid Waste Department’s three (3) primary functional areas as well as educating residents on services available from the private sector and other information related to problem or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), waste reduction, reuse, or recycling initiatives.
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Solid Waste Administrative Office

Phone: 865-215-JUNK (5865)
Fax: 865-215-5820

Solid Waste administrative Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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