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Solid Waste Department

At this time, all County Convenience Centers are open and operating as normal and will remain open as we monitor Covid-19 developments throughout Knox County.

We encourage residents to be mindful of others by staying home if you're feeling ill, wash your hands before and after visiting our facilities, consider helping those that are most vulnerable when you can, and don't spit in public. Take whatever personal precautions they feel are necessary

We will continue to monitor conditions and keep residents posted about any changes to operations that may become necessary. We will publish updated information on our website, our Facebook page, and on our main phone line voicemail.

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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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