A collection of junk

Chattanooga's going to put some limits on how often residents can dump their old appliances, furniture and other bulky trash at the city's three refuse collection centers.

The existing limit allows residents to drop off up to two pickup truckloads of junk a day at the centers, located on Airport Road, North Access Road and West 57th Street. The new rules will reduce the limit to 12 times a year.

While the collection center regulations prohibit landlords, businesses and contractors from using the free service, city officials cite abuses by them as the reason for the change impacting all residents.

The new rules are intended to "curb dumping by landlords and contractors," Marissa Bell, city spokeswoman, said in an email. The limits are expected to go into effect next week, with the start date dependent upon when the signage is completed.

The new policy also calls for the centers to use barcode scanners as a means of tracking user's identities, she said. Until now, the centers have logged dumpers by writing down their ID numbers.

Contact staff writer Paul Leach at 423-757-6481 or Follow him on Twitter @pleach_tfp.

Refuse Collection Centers


4276 Airport Road

4500 North Access Road

1400 West 57th Street


Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Acceptable items include appliances, barbecue grills, clothes, furniture, lumber, mattresses, metal and microwaves.

For more information, please call Chattanooga Public Works at (423) 643-6311 or visit the refuse collection center webpage at