Transfer Station

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HOLIDAY & WEATHER ALERTS: The Solid Waste Facility will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, resuming normal business hours on Friday, July 5th.  

Solid Waste Management FacilityNOTICE: Effective July 1, 2022, fees increased to $70/TON. Loads containing shingles increased to $80/TON.

Additionally, loads weighing over two tons are no longer accepted. 

Charles Thomas
Waste Facility Manager

Transfer Station
1033 Elm Street
Knoxville, TN 37921
Transfer Station/Scale House: 865-215-6700
Fax: 865-215-6711

Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri.: 7 am to 3:45 pm
Wed.: 7 am to 11:45 am
Sat.: 8 am to 11:45 am*
Sun.: Closed

2024 Solid Waste Facility Calendar [PDF]

ATTENTION: The Transfer Station cannot accept the following credit/debit cards at this time.
Once the issue with the card reader is fixed, this message will be removed from our webpage. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Apple Metal Cards
  • Chime
  • Citi MC (Citi Visa is accepted)
  • Divvy
  • Venmo


All visitors must always drive across the scale.

The Solid Waste Facility only accepts credit or debit cards—NO CASH.

  • Minimum fee of $1. Debit or credit cards only. No American Express and NO CASH.
  • Garbage, Construction, & Demolition Debris - $70 per ton
  • Shingles or Shingles Combined with Other Waste - $80 per ton
  • Appliances Containing Refrigerant - $70 per ton
  • Scrap Metal & Appliances without Refrigerant - no charge


The first Saturday of each month, unless closed due to a holiday, is Free for City of Knoxville Residents Day. No County residents or commercial businesses may use the facility on these days due to high traffic volumes and the scales being closed. Please be prepared to show proof of City residence.
  • No commercial vehicles or waste
  • No dump trucks
  • No trailers over 2,500 lbs (gross weight)
  • No shingles
  • No brush
  • One visit per household (no exceptions)
  • Please expect long lines

  • Asphalt
  • Commercial hazardous waste
  • Contaminated soil
  • Dead animals
  • Lighting ballasts
  • Loose, blown insulation (including bagged insulation)
  • Mattresses: no more than four per customer/business per day
  • Medical waste (including oxygen tanks)
  • Railroad ties
  • Sludge
  • Tires: no more than four per customer/business per day
  • Large amounts of rock, brick, concrete, or dirt (Limited to two wheelbarrows full per vehicle trip. Any more than that amount cannot be accepted since it will damage the machinery we use to process materials.)
  • Yard waste


  • This is a non-smoking facility.
  • All vehicles are required to cross the scales and must be able to unload in 30 minutes or less.
  • For liability purposes, City employees cannot help unload any items.
  • Residential, commercial trash, and construction materials may be brought to the Transfer Station.
  • The City reserves the right to refuse any materials.
  • No loads over 4,000 lbs.
  • All vehicles are required to separate recyclables, tires (limit of 4 per day), building materials, construction/demolition debris, and any other material as directed by the attendant and unload them in appropriate areas of the facility.
  • No material may be removed from the Solid Waste Facility.