Solid Waste Management Facility

Solid Waste Manager

Rachel Butzler
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St., Room 470
Knoxville, TN 37902

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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 Ave. exit

***NOTE:  The SWMF will be replacing a compactor March 23 through March 25, 2017.  Traffic flow patterns will be affected, and turnaround times may be longer due to the work, so please plan accordingly.  ***


Transfer Station and Household Hazardous Waste
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 12 Noon
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon
Sunday: Closed
(*Free for City Residents Day is the first Saturday of every month- unless there is a holiday, until 1:00 pm) 

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 material's not permitted in daily garbage collections. Users can also recycle specialty items such as carpet, used motor oil, electronics, scrap metal, etc.

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 the HHW page to see how to properly dispose of latex paint), among other things.

Solid Waste Management Facility


Loose asbestos, asphalt, commercial hazardous waste, contaminated soil, dead animals, lighting ballasts, hot ashes, medical waste, 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 Nature's Best Organics. Their number is 865-927-7646 and they are located at 8707 Joe Daniels Rd. and also at 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 and Building Materials - $50 per ton with a minimum fee of $1.00. Cash, check, or credit card.

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

HHW and Recycling - No Charge.

* Appliances containing refrigerant are subject to regular tipping fees due to additional handling requirements.


The first Saturday of each month, unless specified during a holiday, City residents only may dispose of garbage and construction demolition debris free of charge. Due to high volumes, no commercial vehicles and no roofing shingles can be accepted on Free for City Residents Saturday.