Solid Waste


The Solid Waste Section provides weekly curbside collection of household refuse, brush and bulk items.  Curbside collection of loose leaves is also provided from October through December.  Regulations concerning what items are appropriate for collection, separation of waste materials and placement can be found below under the Solid Waste Control Digest.  The Solid Waste Division also operates the City's Demolition Landfill.

Recycling Services
Drop off containers are available for recycling newspaper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum at the following locations:

Holston View Elementary School
Avoca Elementary School
DeFriece Park
2972 Broad Street at Steele Creek Park
Raytheon Road Solid Waste Transfer Station

Contact Information

City of Bristol Tennessee
Solid Waste Section
1321 Weaver Pike
POB 1189
Bristol, Tennessee 37621-1189

Phone: (423) 989-5670
Fax: (423) 989-5632






Wes Ritchie Public Services Manager (423) 989-5685
Joey Branch Solid Waste Crew Chief (423) 989-5670



Click Below for:
City Adopts New Solid Waste Collection Practices
Code of Ordinances Chapter 58 (Solid Waste)


Solid Waste Control Digest

For Your Information
The Following is a summary of various solid waste and environmental ordinances and policies of the City of Bristol Tennessee, and will help you understand the requirements for the proper disposal of litter and other forms of refuse.  Observation and compliance with these guidelines will assist in making Bristol a cleaner, safer and more attractive place to live.

Where Does Litter Come From?
Keeping Bristol litter-free is everyone's responsibility, residents and businesses alike.  Litter comes from uncovered household garbage cans, improperly containerized curbside trash, early putouts, uncovered business refuse containers, loading and unloading areas, parking lots without trash receptacles, construction sites and areas without proper trash receptacles, motorists, and pedestrians.

In order to keep Bristol beautiful, we ask everyone to avoid throwing litter such as papers, cigarette butts, bottles, cans, matchbooks, glass, garbage, and other refuse onto streets, sidewalks, yards, parks, median strips, vacant lots, parking lots, refuse storage areas, or other public and private property. Such littering is illegal and subject to fines.

Residential Solid Waste Disposal

If you are a residential property owner or tenant, you are responsible for disposing of litter, trash, junk, etc., from your yards, driveways, vacant land, sidewalks, grass strips, one-half of alleys, and curbs or right-of-way up to the edge of the pavement of a public street.

Please separate the following types of refuse material prior to collection:

Garbage - Have garbage drained of liquid, wrapped, bagged, and enclosed in paper or plastic material in containers for collection.  Please do not place dangerous trash items such as broken glass, light bulbs, needles, sharp pieces of metal, fluorescent and/or television tubes in containers unless they are securely wrapped and marked so as to prevent injury to the collection crews.

Household Junk - Neatly place all household junk intended for collection at the curbside on the regular collection day. The City is not responsible for collection of the following items: tires on rims, automobile parts, building materials, dirt/rock, or contractor materials.  You should haul these items to one of the area landfills or proper disposal sites.

Yard debris - Put grass clippings in large plastic bags specifically designed for heavier yard waste and place the bags at the curbside. Please cut tree limbs and branches in approximately six-foot lengths, neatly stacked and place these at curbside for collection.  The City is not responsible for the collection of materials from contractors' jobs.

Leaves - Rake loose leaves to the curbside for collection during the appropriate period (approximately October through December).  During other periods, place leaves in clear plastic bags for ease of identification.

Curbside Collection
Garbage and other refuse is collected once each week on the curbside. Set containers out on regular collection days at an easily accessible place on the premises in plain view from the street at a distance of not more than two (2) feet from the street. Place containers and materials for collection at curbside by 6:00 a.m. on the regular collection day, and no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on the day preceding the collection day. Collection of yard debris and junk are scheduled for collection on the same day as the regular garbage collection day.

Check your newspaper for alternate collection dates: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving, Day Before Christmas, and Christmas.

Business Solid Waste Disposal

Service to city-served non-residential establishments may be determined by the weekly refuse volume.  Contact the Public Services Division  for collection options.


Sidewalks - Please keep sidewalks which abut your property clean of all debris, dirt, refuse, ice, and snow.  Please sweep and properly dispose of such litter and do not sweep it into the street.

Dumpsters/Containers - Please keep dumpsters and other containers in a place easily accessible to a collection vehicle.  For sanitary and esthetic reasons, containers should always be clean, neat, painted and in good condition, including all doors and lid springs. The property owner or occupant is responsible for cleaning up spilled materials. Storage of dumpsters or containers should not be in front of the building line closest to the street, unless completely screened from the public view.

Parking Lots - Parking lot and establishment owners should provide refuse containers for parking lots and establishments with parking lots.  Containers should be distributed throughout the area for easy use by your customers.  Weight or attach receptacles to the ground to prevent spillage.  Because most parking lots are private property, it is the owner's responsibility to collect the refuse and store in a suitable location for collection.

Loading and Unloading Areas - If you are the owner or operator of a loading or unloading area, it is your responsibility to containerize loose debris, paper, packaging materials, and other trash.

Construction Sites - Please provide on-site refuse containers for loose debris, paper, building material waste, scrap building material, lot clearings, and other trash produced by construction.  All such material should be containerized by the end of each day, and the site must be kept in reasonably clean and litter-free condition.

In order to maintain clean and safe streets, dirt, mud, construction materials, or other debris deposited upon a public street as a result of the construction must be removed by the contractor.

Special Solid Waste Disposal Problems

Ever Wonder how to dispose of fluorescent tubes or the new CFL light bulbs?

Stray, Injured, Dead Animals - Report to the City of Bristol Tennessee Animal Control Officer (423) 989-5537.  Small dead animals are collected by the City during normal working hours, provided the dead animal is in a location accessible to the collector.

Appliances - For safety reasons, discarded appliances, refrigerators, or other airtight containers should never be left in a place accessible to children.  This does not apply to an appliance which has been crated, strapped, locked, or altered so that is impossible for a child to become trapped inside.  Discarded household furniture and appliances may be picked up by the City at curbside, scheduled on the same day as the regular garbage collection day.

Ashes - Live coals or ashes should not be placed in containers for collection unless the ashes or coals have been thoroughly wetted and are completely cold.

Building Materials - The City is not be responsible for the collection or hauling of building materials originating from private property preliminary to, during, or after the construction of new or renovated buildings.  Such material must be removed by the owner of the property or the contractor.

Cardboard Boxes & Cartons - Please collapse all cardboard boxes, cartons or crates prior to collection and place with the regular garbage or recycle them at points throughout the City.

Hazardous Waste - The City is not responsible for collecting hazardous or liquid wastes or highly combustible industrial waste, but may offer an annual date and selected site for such disposal.

Illegal Dumping - Litter should not be disposed of or discarded on private property.  Hauling of trash or debris originating from outside the corporate limits into the City for collection by City crews is not permitted.

Junk - Property owners and tenants are prohibited from allowing the accumulation on their premises of materials that would create a littered condition, such as dilapidated furniture, appliances, machinery equipment, building material, automobile parts, tires, or other items which are in a junked or inoperative condition and which are not completely enclosed within a building or dwelling.  This does not apply to authorized junk dealers or establishments licensed to engage in such activities.

Paint/Chemicals - Leftover paint and similar materials should be allowed to dry and solidify thoroughly before placing at the curbside for collection.  When prepared as described, place such cans, with lids removed, beside refuse containers for collection.

Weeds, Grass & Overgrowth - Property owners or occupants are required to cut grass, weeds, and other overgrown vegetation which is greater than one foot in height, or serves as a breeding place for mosquitoes, a refuge for rats or snakes, or a collection place for trash and litter.  Vacant lots adjacent to improved property shall be cut three times per year, as required by the growing season (April-September).