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Guide to local recycling options
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Sunday, March 25, 2012    |   
Bob Lowry looks into a container full of mixed recycling at the Signal Mountain recycling center in this file photo.
Bob Lowry looks into a container full of mixed recycling at the Signal Mountain recycling center in this file photo.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

Chattanooga and Hamilton County offer several ways for residents to recycle items as common as newspaper and as volatile as pesticides. Here's how to do your part in keeping the Scenic City green and clean.

Curbside pickup

Chattanooga offers curbside pickup for cardboard, newspaper, all unshredded paper grades, all plastics, aluminum and steel cans. Materials must be put in blue bags, clear bags or covered bins marked "Recycle" and do not need to be sorted.

To make sure your area is covered by the program, call 423-643-5646.

To sign up, call 311.

City recycling centers

The following recycling centers are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 423-485-6311.

Warner Park

1250 E. Third St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

John A. Patten Recreation Center

3202 Kelly's Ferry Road

Chattanooga, TN 37419

Access Road at DuPont Parkway

4500 Access Road

Chattanooga, TN 37415

East Brainerd Baseball Complex

8004 Batters Place Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Brainerd Area

5955 Brainerd Road

Chattanooga, TN 37412

Wood recycling

3925 N. Hawthorne St.

Chattanooga, TN 37406

423-698-9531

Accepts wood and other lawn waste

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. On the second Saturday of every month, the center accepts hazardous waste such as paint, insecticides and pool chemicals from 8 a.m. to noon.

Brush recycling

Those wishing to recycle brush can call 423-485-6311. Brush includes wood and plant waste. Brush piles cannot be larger than 96 cubic feet, or 4 feet wide, 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Small amounts of leaves, grass clippings and other waste no more than 2 feet wide and 2 feet long are also accepted.

In the county

These materials are accepted at the following centers: plastics: No. 1 and No. 2 (soda bottles, milk jugs, shampoo and conditioner bottles); brown, green and clear glass; aluminum and steel cans; mixed paper, newspaper and corrugated cardboard; batteries; computers and monitors; small household appliances; office/cell/fax phones; DVD/VCR players; stereos and radios.

East Ridge Recycling Center

1001 Yale St. (behind Parkridge East Hospital) East Ridge, TN

423-899-2768

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Highway 58 Recycling Center

5414 Highway 58 (corner of Highway 58 and Hickory Valley Road)

Chattanooga, TN 37416

423-326-0992

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Also accepts motor oil.

Middle Valley Recycling Center

1600 Crabtree Road

Hixson, TN 37343

423-843-9317

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Also accepts motor oil.

Red Bank Recycling Center

4851-B Dayton Blvd. (Next to Fire Hall No. 2) Red Bank, TN 37415

423-876-2010

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Standifer Gap Recycling Center 7625 Standifer Gap Road

Chattanooga, TN 37421

423-855-6125

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Also accepts motor oil.

Sequoyah Recycling Center

9525 Lovell Road

Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379

423-842-2391

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Accepts motor oil, doesn't accept batteries, computers, monitors, small household appliances, office/cell/fax phones, DVD/VCR players, stereos and radios.

Signal Mountain Recycle Center

1151 Ridgeway Ave.

Signal Mountain, TN 37377

423-886-4341

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Does not accept styrofoam.

Tire recycling

Hamilton County Tire Recycle Center, 7625 Standifer Gap Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412

423-855-6100

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Charge of $1 per tire, $4 per 18-wheeler tire. Does not accept wheels.

Motor oil recycling

Motor oil also may be recycled at all Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys Automotive and Autozone locations.

Household hazardous waste

Collection day is held on the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon, 3925 N. Hawthorne, Chattanooga .

Accepted materials include: old paint, insecticides, pool chemicals, etc. Call 311 or 425-6311 for more information.