Solid Waste Management Facility

Solid Waste Manager

Patience Melnik
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St., Room 470
Knoxville, TN 37902

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NOTICE: The Solid Waste Management Facility will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1.

Charles Thomas
Waste Facility Manager

Solid Waste Management Facility
Transfer Station - Household Hazardous Waste

1033 Elm Street
Knoxville, TN 37921
Office: 865-215-6700
Fax: 865-215-6711


1033 Elm Street
Located off of the I-275 W. Baxter Avenue exit


Transfer Station and Household Hazardous Waste
Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri.: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wed.: 7 a.m. to 12 Noon
Sat.: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon
Sun.: Closed
Click the following link to see the dates the facility is closed or open only to City residents: 2018 Solid Waste Management Facility Calendar


• Free for City Residents Day​ is the first Saturday of every month (unless there is a holiday), and the hours are 8 a.m. to 1:00 pm. 
• Only City residents may come to the facility on these days to dispose of garbage and construction demolition debris free of charge. No County residents or commercial businesses may use the SWMF on these days due to high traffic volumes and the scales being closed.
• No shingles will be accepted on Free for City Residents Day.
• Visitors should expect long lines.


The Solid Waste Management 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 Management Facility also manages a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) component. This facility offers Knoxville and Knox County residents a permanent drop-off for their hazardous household materials. Citizens can use HHW to dispose of items such as: 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 (view this link on how to properly dispose of latex paint), among other things.


• 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 asbestos, asphalt, commercial hazardous waste, contaminated soil, dead animals, lighting ballasts, lithium batteries, hot ashes, medical waste, oxygen tanks, sludge, railroad ties over 3 ft. in length, yard waste and large amounts of rock, brick, concrete, or dirt.

BALLASTS: Residents can take ballasts to Batteries Plus for a small fee depending on total weight of the ballasts. Batteries Plus is located at 222 N Peters Rd., Knoxville, TN 37923, 865-692-0002. Other places in the Greater Knoxville Area include: Spectra Recycling at 1627 Robert C Jackson Dr., Maryville, TN 37801, 865-982-2995 and Southeast Recycling Tech 906 at Chase Dr., Johnson City, TN 37604, 423-282-2022.

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.

YARD WASTE: Yard waste may be repurposed for mulch products at Living Earth. Their number is 865-927-7646 and they are located at 8707 Joe Daniels Road, 2601 Middlebrook Pike, and 6323 Rutledge Pike. Otherwise, yard waste may be disposed of at the Chestnut Ridge Landfill 865-457-7810 or the Poplar View Landfill 865-525-7720.


This is a non-smoking facility. 

All vehicles are required to separate recyclables, tires (limit of only 4 a day), building materials, construction/ demolition debris, and any other material as directed by the attendant and unload them in appropriate areas of the facility. 
The City reserves the right to refuse any materials. All vehicles are required to cross the scales and  must be able to unload in 30 minutes or less. No material may be removed from the SWMF.


Garbage, Construction, and Demolition Debris - $50 per ton with a minimum fee of $1.00. Cash, check, or credit card.

*NOTICE: As of August 1, 2018, Shingles (or mixed loads with shingles)will be $60 per ton.  

HHW- No Charge (to City and County residents only, commercial Household Hazardouse 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: $50 per ton with a minimum fee of $1.00. Cash, check, or credit card.