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Solid Waste Department

PLEASE NOTE: The Carter Center is currently under construction and only accepting bagged household trash for disposal.

Map of Convenience Centers

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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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