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?

Looking for detailed information on what you can and can't recycle?

  • Glass = Sort of. You can no longer recycle glass in your curbside bin, but you can if you bring it to one of the city or county's recycling centers. Please see the links at the top of this page to find the nearest drop-off recycling center.
  • Pizza boxes = Yes, you can! If your used pizza boxes contain some grease but not food, you can indeed recycle them.
  • 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 you are now encouraged to keep your lids on.
  • Grocery bags = No, unless you bring them back to the bag recycling receptacles at the grocery store. Never put "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/milk cartons = No. These contain both paper and a plastic coating, so they are a mixed product that 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 don't already know the answer we'll track it down for you.

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