City Services


The City of Oak Ridge provides a variety of services to our citizens.  Below is a list of some of the services provided:

animal control:

The City's Animal Shelter provides animal control services to its residents including responding to such complaints as animals at large, barking dogs, animal welfare concerns, and vicious dogs.  In addition to providing animal control services, the Animal Shelter also offers a selection of available dogs and cats (and sometimes other animals) for adoption.  The Animal Shelter is located at 395 Belgrade Road.  For more information on these services, please contact the Animal Shelter at (865) 425-3423 during business hours and at (865) 425-4399 during non-business hours.

annual brush pickup:

Each year, in the spring, the City conducts a brush pickup program.  The City issues a Press Release prior to brush pickup with a schedule by street, and this schedule is also posted on the City's website.  Residents may participate by placing brush near, but not at, the curb for pickup.  There is a limit of one truckload of materials per residence.

annual household trash pickup:
Each year, in the spring, the City conducts a household trash pickup program.  The City issues a Press Release prior to household trash pickup with a schedule by street, and this scheduled is also posted on the City's website. Residents may participate by placing household trash (household rubbish, old appliances without compressors, and minor remodeling materials) near, but not at, the curb for pickup. There is a limit of one truckload of materials per residence.


annual leaf pickup:

Each year, in the fall, the City conducts a leaf pickup program.  The City issues a Press Release prior to leaf pickup with a schedule by street, and this schedule is also posted on the City's website.  Residents may participate by placing leaves near, but not at, the curb for pickup.  Tree limbs and brush are not to be included in the leaf pile.  Leaves in bags may always be placed with regular trash pickup throughout the year.

Fire Protection:

Unlike some cities and counties, an annual subscription for fire protection services is not needed in Oak Ridge.  The Oak Ridge Fire Department provides fire protection within the City Limits.  The Oak Ridge Fire Department responds on first alarm to all fire calls, emergency medical or life threatening calls, and vehicle accidents resulting in entrapment.  For more information on these services, please contact the Fire Department at (865) 425-3520 during business hours and at (865) 425-4399 during non-business hours.  an the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Library:

The Oak Ridge Public Library offers a variety of books, magazines, newspapers, and audio and video materials for check-out with a library card.  Computers with Internet access are also available.  The Library also houses a collection of Oak Ridge history in the Oak Ridge Room of the Library.  Library cards are free to residents and non-residents can obtain a library card for a $45 annual fee.  The Oak Ridge Public Library is located at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.  For more information on these services, please contact the Library at (865) 425-3455. 

Police protection:

The Oak Ridge Police Department provides police protection within the City Limits.  In addition to responding to emergency calls and investigating crime, the Oak Ridge Police Department provides prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch, and provides a School Resource Officer, who is a certified D.A.R.E. instructor, to the Oak Ridge High School.  For more information on these services, please contact the Police Department at (865) 425-3504 during business hours and at (865) 425-4399 during non-business hours.  In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Recreation:

The City's Recreation and Parks Department provides a variety of recreational activities such as aquatics, athletics, exercise classes, summer programs, parks, and greenways.  The Recreation and Parks Department is in the Civic Center located at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.  For more information on these services, please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450 or call the Information Line at (865) 425-3453.  

Recycling:

The City provides curbside residential recycling service through a contract with Waste Connections of Tennessee.  A variety of materials are available for recycling such as cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. Recycling pickup within each neighborhood is scheduled for the same day as trash pickup, however, the materials are picked up by different vehicles at different times of the day.  Recycling carts are provided by Waste Connections.

scarboro community center:

The Scarboro Community Center provides community centered programs throughout the year.  The Scarboro Community Center's facility includes a gym, kitchen, meeting rooms, game room, and computer lab.  The outside park contains a picnic shelter, mutipurpose courts, a softball field, and playground.  The Scarboro Community Center is located at 148 Carver Avenue.  For more information on these services, please contact Barbara Spratling at (865) 425-3950. 

Senior Center:

With pool tables, books, color TVs, and more, the Senior Center is a place for our senior citizens to relax, read, exercise, play and visit with friends.  The Senior Center offers a variety of programming opportunities as well, such as the S.M.I.L.E. (So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise) program, Tai Chi, Bodyworks exercise programs, and a Senior Mixed Bowling League.  The Senior Center is located at 728 Emory Valley Road.  For more information on these services, please call the Senior Center at (865) 425-3999.

trash pickup:

The City provides back door residential trash pickup service through a contract with Waste Connections of Tennessee.  A Convenience Center for individual drop-off of refuse is located at 400 Warehouse Road.  Please call Waste Connections at (865) 482-3656 for more information on the Convenience Center or for information concerning the scheduled pickup day for your neighborhood.