Household Hazardous Waste

Solid Waste Manager

Patience Melnik
pmelnik@knoxvilletn.gov
(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 (HHW) by taking it to the City's Solid Waste Facility located at 1033 Elm Street.

Please note: The Solid Waste Management Facility is open only to City residents on the first Saturday of every month. Please view the calendar to see which dates the facility is either closed or open only to City residents. 

Hours:
Sun: Closed
Mon - Tue - Thur - Fri: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 7:00 am - 12 Noon
Sat: 8:00 am - 12 Noon


NOTICE: As of March 2018 latex paint will no longer be accepted as HHW. 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 as it is not a hazardous material but rather a nuisance material when wet. 

Residents may take up to 20 gallons of oil-based paint (20 one gallon cans or 4 five gallon buckets full or partially full) or 100 pounds of HHW per day.


The Household Hazardous Waste Facility Accepts:
  • 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 of 3/visit. Charges apply if over limit)
  • 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 (oil-based only. 20 gal. limit/day/container size. Please see information regarding latex paint at top of page. As of March 2018 latex paint will no longer be accepted as HHW)
  • Paint stripper and removers
  • Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Pet spray and dip
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane Cylinders
  • Rat and mouse poison
  • Shoe polish
  • Spot remover
  • Spray paint cans
  • 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 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 (NO oxygen tanks)
  • Radioactive Waste (including smoke detectors - visit https://www.jmac.com/Articles.asp?ID=350 for proper disposal)
  • Unidentifiable Materials
The following common items are not accepted as Household Hazardous Waste, but can be disposed of at the Solid Waste Facility for a fee. 
  • Air Conditioners/ Heaters
  • Refrigerators
  • TVs (19" and larger)
Reduce Through Re-Use

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