Household Hazardous Waste

Solid Waste Manager

Patience Melnik
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St., Room 470
Knoxville, TN 37902

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City of Knoxville and Knox County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste by taking it to the City's Solid Waste Facility located at 1033 Elm Street.

Please note: The Solid Waste Management Facility offers a "Free for City Residents" day on the first Saturday of each month unless there is a holiday. Scales will be closed and traffic volumes may be high. 

Sun: Closed
Mon - Tue - Thur - Fri: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 7:00 am - 12 Noon
Sat: 8:00 am - 12 Noon
(*Free for ​City Residents​ day, the first Saturday of each month- unless there is a holiday, until 1:00 pm)

Residents may take up to 20 gallons of paint (20 one gallon cans or 4 five gallon buckets full or partially full) or 100 pounds of HHW per day. Latex paint can be solidified at home and disposed of in your household trash. You can solidify with kitty litter or another absorbent material, or leave cans open until it dries. Completely dried latex paint can be disposed of in household trash. 

The City Facility Accepts:
  • Air Conditioners (small window units)
  • Automotive Oil and Fuel (10 gal. limit/day)
  • Additives
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries - Lead Acid
  • Batteries - Rechargeable
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Car wax and cleaners
  • Carburetor and Fuel Injection Cleaners
  • Caulk
  • Computer systems (limit 2 per resident/quarter)
  • Cooking grease
  • Detergent
  • Drain openers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flea collars
  • Fluorescent tubes & compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Fungicides/Wood Preservatives
  • Gasoline
  • Grease and Rust Solvents
  • Herbicides
  • Household batteries (rechargeable and hazardous. No Alkaline)
  • Household cleaners
  • Insect repellant
  • Insecticide
  • Lighter fluid
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Mothballs
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint (20 gal. limit per day per container size. Please note that completely dry latex paint may be disposed of in your household trash)
  • Paint stripper and removers
  • Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Pet spray and dip
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane Cylinders
  • Rat and mouse poison
  • Refrigerators
  • Shoe polish
  • Spot remover
  • Stain
  • Starter Fluids
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Transmission fluid
  • Tub and tile cleaner
  • TVs (limit 2 per resident/quarter, 19" and smaller)
  • Varnish
  • Weed killer
  • Windshield wiper fluid

Unacceptable Items:
  • Ammunition, explosives, fireworks (contact law enforcement at 865-215-4010)
  • Industrial, commercial or business generated hazardous waste
  • Medical waste (needles can be put inside red medical sharp containers or two liter bottles with the lid and placed in your trash container)
  • Any household hazardous waste in commercial or work vehicles.
  • Any household hazardous waste from out of county residents.
  • Any household hazardous waste over 20 gallons or 100 pounds per household
  • Materials generated by any type of business (Commercial Hazardous Waste)
  • Non-propane Cylinders
  • Radioactive Waste (including smoke detectors - visit for proper disposal)
  • Unidentifiable Materials

Reduce Through Re-Use

Materials that are in good condition and useable will be set aside at the Collection Center and can be picked up by residents free of charge.