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Materials Management

The Materials Management group is divided into three sections to provide assistance to the 66 solid waste planning regions and Tennessee's 95 counties.

The Recovered Materials section oversees the recycling, waste reduction and solid waste planning activities within the State of Tennessee. The Recovered Materials section also provides an overview of Tennessee's Solid Waste Management System through the creation of the Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly.

The Problem Waste section provides technical assistance to the regions and counties in the handling of problem wastes. Problem wastes include waste tires, used oil, batteries, anti-freeze, electronics and household hazardous wastes. This section also coordinates the household hazardous waste and conditionally exempt small quantity generator mobile events and manages the state's used oil program and waste tire program.

Financial assistance is provided by our Grants Administration section. Specialized grants for recycling equipment, used oil, waste tire clean-ups are just a few of the types of grants offered. Funding comes from the Solid Waste Management Fund which is generated by the tipping fee surcharge and waste tire pre-disposal collection fee.

Used Oil Program

Changing the oil in your car? It can be recycled! Read more on how to collect and dispose of it properly.

Household Hazardous Waste

TDEC runs a Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection Service to ensure your waste is disposed of safely.


Learn more about composting, organics diversion and outreach activities.