Recycling

Recycle Center

118 Rocky Mount Road
Athens, TN 37303

(423) 744-2749

HOURS OF OPERATION:

  • Monday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Here is a handy How-To-Guide to help you sort and plan your trip to the Recycling Center.

Accepted Items for Recycling

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Antifreeze (2 gal per week)*
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogs
  • Cooking Oil
  • Electronics**
  • Glass
  • Glossy Advertisements
  • Magazines
  • Mixed Paper
  • Motor Oil
  • Newsprint
  • Oil Filters
  • Plastic Types 1 & 2 and Steel & Tin Cans

No Shopping or Garbage Bags Accepted

*Antifreeze must be poured into the 55-gallon drum marked "ANTIFREEZE ONLY".
**We can no longer accept CRT televisions or computer monitors for recycling in the electronics bin at the Recycle Center. However, these items no greater than 26" diagonal are accepted in a separate storage area at the recycling center, please see attendant for assistance.

Household Hazardous Waste

Things to Remember

  • The Household Hazardous Waste Container is for use by households only. Please NO hazardous waste from Businesses, Churches, Contractors, Dental or Doctors Offices, Hospitals or Schools.
  • Attendant MUST be present to assess and accept items for disposal.
  • Ask Attendant for other recycling resources if you have an item that is not included on the Accepted Items list.
  • Containers must be free of leaks and approved by the Attendant.
  • Containers will not be returned.

Accepted Items for Hazardous Waste

  • Automotive Products
    • Automotive Cleaners
    • Battery Acid
    • Body Putty
    • Brake Cleaner
    • Carburetor & Fuel Injector Cleaners
    • Diesel Fuel
    • Fuel & Oil Additives
    • Gasoline
    • Grease & Rust Solvents
    • Kerosene and Starter Fluid
  • Home Maintenance
    • Acetone
    • Adhesives
    • Aerosols
    • Driveway Sealant
    • Fluorescent Bulbs
    • Lamp Oil
    • Muriatic Acid
    • Oil-based Paint
    • Paint Strippers & Thinners
    • Preservatives
    • Rat/Mouse Poison
    • Spray Paint
    • Stump Remover
    • Toluene
  • Household Cleaners
    • Bleach
    • Disinfectants
    • Drain Openers
    • Oven Cleaners
    • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
    • Wood/Metal Polish
  • Lawn & Garden
    • Bug Repellent
    • Fertilizers
    • Herbicides
    • Insecticides
    • Pesticides
    • Plant Food
    • Weed & Feed
  • Medical Sharps & Lancets
    • Mercury Thermometers
    • Sharps must be in a sturdy container - Labeled with "{Container Contents}" and "DO NOT RECYCLE"
  • Personal Care Products
    • Lipstick
    • Lotion
    • Nail Polish and Nail Polish Removers

Prohibited Items for Hazardous Waste:

  • Ammunition / Explosives
    • Ammunition
    • Fireworks
    • Gun Powder
    • Military Ordinance
  • Medical Waste
    • Dead Animals - contact local Sanitation or Solid Waste Department
    • Drugs/Medicines - use containers at law enforcement offices and some pharmacies
    • Infectious Waste of any kind
  • Miscellaneous
    • Any Item NOT in approved container
    • Automotive Gas Tanks
    • Empty Containers or Aerosols - discard with regular trash
    • Latex or Water based paint - harden the paint and discard in regular trash
  • Radioactive
    • Radium Paint and Smoke Detectors