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Johnson City Residents
The Solid Waste Services Division provides weekly household waste collection. Residents should place their garbage containers at the curb no later than 6 a.m. on their scheduled collection days. Call 423-975-2792 for collection day or see map below. A holiday schedule can be found below.

Garbage PICKUP SCHEDULE - Please enter your address on our map to find your scheduled day for trash pickup.


A solid waste fee is automatically assessed to each water meter account. The current charge is $13 per month. Services for this fee include curbside garbage collection and recycling, appliance and furniture collection, brush collection, and leaf collection. Backdoor garbage collection is available for a $28 monthly fee.

Containers for Automated Collection
Approximately 95% of the city has automated waste collection. For those areas of the city, residents are provided with one 95 gallon refuse cart at no charge. This is the only container authorized for automated collection by the City. Only waste placed in the container provided or sold by the City will be collected. Any additional bags, boxes, or other containers will not be collected. If one cart is not sufficient, residents may purchase additional carts to be collected weekly for a one-time fee. City ordinance requires the removal of the cart from the street no later than midnight on the day of collection. The maroon garbage cart provided by the City is assigned to the household and remains the property of the City of Johnson City. If the resident moves, the container should be washed and left for use by the next resident.

Containers for Manual Collection
Garbage must be in a container no larger than 30 gallons with the exception of the 95 gallon refuse carts sold by the City. Heavy duty plastic trash bags may be used, but maximum weight for cans and bags is 50 lbs. Boxes are not acceptable containers. Manual collection is in various areas throughout the city where automated collection is not possible. Contact 423-975-2792 for further information on manual garbage collection.

Extra Carts
Residents may purchase a 95 gallon refuse cart for $62 plus tax at the Solid Waste Services at 91 New St. or by phone 423-975-2792. Residents and businesses using more than one cart will be required to purchase a decal and place it on the cart in order for it to be collected. Decal cost is $30 annually (prorated if purchased after January). Decal pricing may be found here.

Washington County Residents
The Solid Waste Services division provides weekly household waste collection throughout Washington County. Residents should place their garbage containers at the curb or street no later than 6 a.m. on their scheduled collection day. Call 423-975-2792 for collection day information or view map here. A holiday schedule is listed below. Customers may sign up for this service at the Municipal and Safety Building at 601 E. Main St., Johnson City.  There is a $35 service charge and a deposit due at sign-up. A resident must provide photo ID, the last 4 digits of their social security number, and the full service address. Regular business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Curbside collection is $19 per month for one refuse cart and $28.50 for two carts. Backdoor garbage collection is $30 per month. For more information, call customer service at 423-975-2792.

Only garbage placed in the green refuse cart provided by the Solid Waste Division will be collected. This container remains the property of the City of Johnson City and must be replaced by the customer if damaged, destroyed, or stolen. Current replacement cost is $62. Containers should be removed from the roadside within 24 hours of collection. Please note: Other items such as furniture, appliances, tires, building material, and yard waste will not be collected. Please contact Iris Glen Environmental Center at 423-926-8375, a Washington County Convenience Center, or the Washington County Tire Center for disposal of these items.

Household waste is collected on all holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Customers scheduled for collection on Thanksgiving Day will have collection the following Saturday.
  • Customers scheduled for collection on a Christmas Day that falls on a Monday or Tuesday will have collection the Saturday before Christmas.
  • Customers scheduled for collection on a Christmas Day that falls on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday will have collection the following Saturday.
Please call 423-975-2792 for more information.