TN Department of Environmental Conservation offers household toxic waste collection each year.
Household hazardous waste materials are considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, paint thinner, and used needles in sturdy containers.
Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics, and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.
There is no cost or appointment necessary for household hazardous waste collection.
Many counties and municipalities meet the needs of local residents by providing collection of batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronic scrap – or BOPAE, as it is sometimes called. When handled correctly, these BOPAE materials are minimally hazardous, but inappropriate for collection at household hazardous waste events. Tennesseans are encouraged to contact their local city or county solid waste department to find BOPAE collection sites in their area.
When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper or plastic to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck. Be sure to keep materials away from children and pets.
Remaining NE TN Collection Dates and Sites:
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Greene County 9/9/2023 9:00am - 1:00pm
Hal Henard Elementary School
425 E. Vann Rd., Greeneville
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Sullivan County 9/30/2023. 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sullivan Central Middle School,
131 Shipley Ferry Road, Blountville
Amy Taylor (423) 638-4111.
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Carter County - 10/21/2023 9:00am - 1:00pm Carter County Recycling Center
410 Cherokee Park Dr, Elizabethton
Benny Lyons (423) 543-6626
(Washington and Unicoi Counties' collections occurred in the Spring. Efforts will be made to post all NE TN collections in January 2024.)