The City of Knoxville, in cooperation with Kroger, Goodwill, Waste Connections, and Rock-Tenn Recycling, operates 7 recycling centers. The recycling centers are divided into two categories depending on the types and number of materials accepted.
RECYCLING DROP-OFF SUPERCENTERS
There are seven recycling drop-off supercenters in the city that are
operated in conjunction with Kroger and Goodwill Industries. The Centers
are open 24 hours a day. Attendants from Goodwill staff the Supercenters
from 9 AM to 5 PM.
#1-#7 Plastic Containers - Usually have a recycle logo labeled on container
Examples of plastics we CANNOT take:
Mixed containers such as those for nuts that have some plastic and some paper board and are difficult to separate
Non-container plastics (car bumpers, kiddy pools)
Household garbage / food waste
Styrofoam containers, boxes, packing materials even with the recycling triangle, styrofoam peanuts
Plastic Containers for hazardous fluids / materials
Heavy plastic wrap such as the type that comes over paper towels or toilet paper
Clear storage bags and trash bags such as Hefty, Glad etc.
Other plastic films
Thin plastic wrap such as Saran wrap, cereal bags from the inside of cereal boxes
Post-industrial plastics, bulky plastics
How Does a Material Recovery Facility Work?
Mixed Paper - any type of material that is 100 percent paper including phone books, catalogs, magazines,white and colored ledger paper, white and colored note pad paper and stationary, copy paper, NRC forms, sticky notes,
envelopes with or without plastic windows, fax paper, manila folders, hanging folders (remove metal bands),
paperboard such as cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shredded paper, etc., and paper bags.
Books (hard-bound books - books and covers can be recycled in
the mixed paper bins)
Newspaper (including inserts)
Reusable Household Goods
Household Batteries (lithium, ni-cad, and rechargeable only)
Not necessary to remove labels. Please rinse out all containers.
Scrap metal (lawn mower blades, brake drums, etc)
Mylar (i.e., shiny silver plastic) things such as potato chip bags or a foil bag to keep items cold/hot.
Aluminum foil or pie plates
Plastic containers that hold hazardous waste such as pesticides/herbicides, motor oil and antifreeze bottles
Window glass, broken windshields, light bulbs or any type of porcelain or pottery material such as plates or pots. Carbon paper, and Styrofoam
Milk cartons and food and orange juice containers made of paper and coated with a chemical material inside and or outside.
No Medical Waste. Insulin Sharps or Sharps containers are NOT accepted either inside plastic bottles or by themselves. These items can be disposed of in your household trash inside plastic bottles or through a proper disposal management company.
Goodwill at Metler - 820 Metler Dr.: More
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Directions - This center will permanently close on February 27, 2013. Residents may use the Recycling Center at Kroger at the I-640 Plaza - 4440 Western Ave at any time. Goodwill intends to open a new facility at 5412 Pleasant Ridge Rd. at the corner of Pleasant Ridge and Merchants on March 2, 2013 and residents may begin to use that center after it opens.
Goodwill at Chilhowee Park - 210 Alice St. (Corner of Magnolia Ave. & Alice - across from Chilhowee Park): More Info | Get
Kroger at Bearden Knox Plaza - 4918 Kingston Pike - Knox Plaza: More
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Directions This center will permanently close on June 27, 2013 to make room for a Kroger Gas Facility. Residents may use the Recycling Center at Kroger at 341 Parkvillage Rd. off Cedar Bluff or the I-640 Plaza - 4440 Western Ave at any time. Goodwill intends to open a new facility at 5307 Kingston Pike a few blocks west of this location on June 30 2013 and residents may begin to use that center after it opens.