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Tire Recycling

Household Tire Recycling

Households may bring up to 8 standard car or light truck tires per person each year to any Knox County drop-off centers. Large truck tires are not accepted. Tires are accepted on and off of rims. Individuals with more than 8 tires, with larger tires, or large dumps/stockpiles of tires must follow the procedures listed below for businesses, reporting tire dumps, or requests for assistance.

Business, Organizations, or Individuals with more than 8 tires

If you are a commercial entity or an individual who needs to dispose of more than 8 tires, contact Liberty Tire Recycling at 865-963-4980 for more information on fees, hours of operation and restrictions. Dumping tires is illegal and can carry fines up to $1,000 plus court costs. Assistance may be available for large tire stockpiles (see below for details).

Report Tire Dumps and/or Request Assistance Cleaning up Large Stockpiles

I want to report a tire dump

I have several tires on my property and I want to request tire disposal assistance

Tires and Mosquito-Borne illnesses

Improperly stored tires may be a breeding ground for mosquitos. Eliminating mosquito breeding areas is an important factor in controlling the mosquito population. For more information visit the #MosquitoMonday web page.

Waste Tire Generators (tire shops)

Commercial tire sellers and dealers may be required to register with the State of Tennessee in order comply with pre-disposal fee collection rules for new tires. Registered generators collect pre-disposal fees from customers and may be eligible for credit at the County’s tire contractor based on the amount of predisposal fees collected from customers in order to dispose of the tires they remove.

More Information

For more information about tire recycling in Knox County, contact the Knox County Recycling Coordinator or call the Solid Waste Office at 215-5865.

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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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