What and Where to Recycle

Wondering what to do with hazardous materials?

Visit the Household Hazardous Waste Facility's webpage for a list of the materials they accept. The HHWF serves both City of Knoxville and Knox County residents.

Want to keep these items out of the landfill? You can bring them to the following places:

Looking for detailed information on what you can and cannot recycle?

  • 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: No, unless 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 is so thin that it incinerates during the melting process. It is not recyclable.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Want details about who is recycling what in our community?

Check out our Survey of Recycling Attitudes and Behaviors in Knox County by the University of Tennessee's Center for Clean Products.

Have other questions about recycling in your community?

Contact us! If we do not already know the answer we will track it down for you.