Johnson City began its voluntary, curbside recycling program in 1989. Since that time, the City has recycled more than 131,200 tons of materials. Because of market fluctuations, some recycling guidelines have recently changed.

While the City is still able to recycle plastics marked with a 1 or a 2, those items are now limited to milk jugs, water bottles, juice containers, soda bottles, laundry detergent and fabric softener containers, bleach bottles, and windshield solvent bottles. Other items accepted include glass, cardboard, paper and aluminum drink cans. These guidelines apply to both curbside service and all five drop-off locations, which are conveniently located across the city.

Please note that oils are no longer accepted curbside, but can be dropped off next to the E-Waste receptacle at 91 New Street. Oils, both cooking and motor, must be in plastic bottles or jugs (one-gallon or less) with screw-top lids.  

The City also provides special event recycling. Attendees can recycle plastic and aluminum; vendors can recycle cardboard and cooking oil. Recycling is also available at most City parks and athletic fields.


Items accepted at these locations: Cardboard, Aluminum Cans, Glass, Paper, and Plastics #1
and #2 (as listed under Curbside Recycling Info above)

  • 91 NEW ST (Solid Waste Services)
  • 205 CARROLL CREEK RD (Winged Deer Park, left side boat ramp entrance parking lot)
  • 112 SUNSET DR (behind Kroger)
  • 3300 W MARKET ST (behind Sonic drive-in)

  • Solid Waste Services 423-975-2792
  • Washington County Convenience Centers  423-753-1652
  • Street Division (Brush & Leaf Collection) 423-975-2700
  • Code Enforcement 423-434-5775
  • Iris Glen Environmental Center 423-926-8375
  • Washington County Tire Center 423-773-6473