Where to Recycle:

Common recycling questions:

  • Glass: Sort of. You can no longer recycle glass in your curbside bin, but if you bring it to one of the city or county's recycling centers it will still be recycled. Please see the links at the top of this page to find the nearest drop-off recycling center.
  • Pizza Boxes: Yes, if they are grease and food free! If there is too much grease on the bottom throw it away but recycle the clean top half.
  • Lids on or off? On! The rule used to be that you had to remove the lids off of plastic bottles. Like all technology, however, recycling technology undergoes constant improvements, and now you are encouraged to keep the lids on.
  • Plastic Grocery Bags: Yes, only if you bring them back to the bag recycling receptacles at the grocery store. Never put these "films" (thin plastic sheeting like that used to make grocery bags, plastic wrap, etc.) into your personal or recycling center bin.
  • Aluminum Foil/Pie Pans: No. Aluminum foil often contains too much food contamination for recycling centers to accept.
  • Disposable Coffee Cups: No. These contain both paper and a plastic coating, so they are a mixed product that cannot be recycled. Avoid disposable coffee cups by bringing your own travel mug when ordering coffee.
  • Milk or Juice Cartons: No. Cartons are lined with a waxy plastic coating and cannot be recycled in Knoxville.
  • Frozen food boxes: No. Frozen food boxes are lined with plastic to protect the paper box underneath from condensation. This mixed product cannot be recycled.

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