Public Works, Keeping You Informed: Trash & Recycling Services

March 2, 2018

The City of Oak Ridge contracts with Waste Connections of Tennessee for the weekly collection and disposal of residential household trash and recycling. In an effort to keep residents informed and up-to-date, the Public Works Department would like to remind residents of this important information regarding their household trash and recycling services.

Valuable information every resident should know about trash and recycling:

  • Household trash is picked up once a week at the backdoor in trash cans supplied by the resident. Residents are allowed up to four 32-gallon cans with lids.
  • Recyclable items are picked up once a week curbside in the brown recycling bin with wheels that are supplied by Waste Connections.
  • Trash and recycling needs to be put out by 7:00 a.m. on scheduled pick-up days to ensure pick-up. Items placed out after 7:00 a.m. may not be picked up that day.
  • Trash and recycling should not be placed in the roadway, on the sidewalk, over water meters, or in on-street parking areas.
  • If there is household trash or unacceptable items in the brown recycle bin, Waste Connections will not pick-up the recycling that day. If household trash gets mixed into the recyclable items, it will contaminate the entire load and it will have to be taken to the landfill instead of being recycled.
  • Glass is no longer accepted curbside and can no longer be put in the brown recycling bin; however, you can put glass in your household trash or you can take any unbroken glass to be recycled at the Convenience Center located at 400 Warehouse Road.
  • Even though trash and recycling are picked up on the same day, they are not picked up at the same time by the same truck.
  • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are the only two observed holidays that trash and recycling are not collected. All other holidays do not interfere with the regular schedule.
  • Collection services include an annual household trash pick-up and a brush pick-up, both in the spring, as well as a leaf pick-up in late fall. Public Works will post the schedule two weeks prior to the beginning of each scheduled pick-up.
  • More information about household trash and recycling, including weekly trash and recycling routes by day, can be found on the Public Works pages of the City’s website.

For household trash and recycling questions, including pick-up issues, call Waste Connections of Tennessee at (865) 482-3656.