ALERT: Due to a degraded market, Kingsport put its recycling program on pause. In the meantime, residents should continue to put out their recycling cans as normal. 

For more information see the the Public Notice about the recycling pause here.

You may also call  423-229-9451.

ALERT: As a reminder, Kingsport’s recycling program is on pause and is not accepting motor oil at this time. Please take motor oil to an alternate facility.

To find out when your garbage, recycling and yard waste collection days are, please visit the homepage and click on the ‘Find My City Services’ button. Enter your address in the search bar and the results will reflect information related to your residence.
If you’re interested in participating in the recycling program, please call 423-229-9451.

Since the beginning of Kingsport’s recycling program, we have picked up more than five million pounds of recyclable material.  This has helped to make newspapers, grocery bags, cardboard, fiber for carpets, Spic & Span containers, Proctor & Gamble products, plastic lumber, aluminum cans, steel products and industrial heating oil.  Way to go Kingsport!  Your recycling will be picked up weekly, on the same day as your garbage.  Check the Friday’s FYI section in the Kingsport Times-News for the locations of local drop off centers.

Items recycled by city:
Newspaper and Inserts
Junk Mail
Phone Books
Shredded Paper
Home Office Paper Products (fax sheets, typing paper, receipts, envelopes)
Tin and Aluminum Cans
Plastics with #1 through #7 Recycling Logos on the Bottom
Used Motor Oil (no more than 5 gallons at one time)

Please rinse containers and remove lids before placing both in the recycling cart.

Items not recycled by the city:

Glass Food and Beverage Containers
Plastic wrap
Plastic containers containing automotive products or hazardous materials
Food wrappers or anything that doesn’t tear cannot be accepted
Plastic bags (can take to Walmart, Food City, or Kroger)
Batteries (can take to Batteries Plus or Lowe’s)
Light bulbs (can take to Lowe’s)
Electronics (can take to Best Buy; does not include televisions)
*Please call retailers to confirm acceptance before taking items.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication: Kingsport Police Department has a drop box in the interior lobby of the Justice Center located at 200 Shelby Street. Sullivan County also has a drop box at their Blountville facility.
Hazardous Household Chemicals & Pesticides: Accepted once a year at the Hazardous Household Waste Collection held by Sullivan County Solid Waste and the State of TN. The event date is set by the state, but residents can call 423-279-2865 to find out more information.