What Will/Won’t Recycle

This page contains lists of:

  • Materials that are accepted for recycling at Cocke County convenience centers and for curbside pick-up.
  • Things that should be held for a Hazardous Waste Disposal Event
  • Items accepted at Electronics Recycling Events (see calendar for event dates)


Accepted for Recycling

Convenience Center and Curbside

  • Plastic: #1 and #2
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum soda cans

Convenience Center Only

  • Appliances and large steel items
  • Tires (up to 4 per trip)
  • Furniture
  • Used engine oil

Hold for an Event

Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is defined as corrosive, flammable, toxic, or reactive materials used in your home, car or truck, and garden or lawn that is unwanted/unusable.

Household Cleaners

  • Drain Openers
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Wood Cleaners & Polishes
  • Metal Cleaners & Polishes Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Disinfectants

Home Maintenance Chemicals

  • Paint Thinner
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Paint Strippers & Removers, Adhesives


  • Fingernail Polish Remover
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Photo Processing Chemicals
  • Medicines & Drugs
  • Reactive Materials
  • Aerosols (spray cans)
  • Compressed Gas
  • Mercury Thermostats
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Needles/Sharps (in container)
  • Lead

Lawn & Garden Chemicals

  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Fungicides
  • Fertilizers

Automotive Products

  • Fuel Additives
  • Grease & Rust Solvents
  • Air Conditioning Refrigerants
  • Starter Fluids
  • Body Putty Coolants
  • Carburetor/ Fuel Injector Cleaners

How to Dispose of Paint

Oil based paint will be accepted by appointment only. Residents must call 423-721-1413 to schedule an appointment for oil-based paint pick-up/drop-off.

Latex based paint containers must be emptied and dried and disposed of at the landfill. Latex paint is not considered as a hazardous waste by TDEC.