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Wood Recycling Center

The Wood Recycling recycles organic yard waste which is collected at the curbside by city collection crews, contractors, and homeowners.
Wood waste from trees and trimmings as well as leaves may be disposed of at the wood recycle center at a standard rate for non-city residents and businesses.

The City of Chattanooga, Public Works Department announces with the continuation of on demand and route leaf collection, leaf mulch is available and is free of charge to City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County residents, as well as businesses. Citizens and businesses are able to go to the Wood Recycle Center at 4063 North Hawthorne Street, to receive their leaf mulch. Crews will be available to load the leaf mulch. Leaf mulch is great and can be used for your vegetable gardens, flower beds and around shrubs and trees!

Effective immediately, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the City of Chattanooga Department of Public Works will no longer sell wood mulch to businesses and contractors at the Wood Recycle Center located at 4063 N Hawthorne Street. Wood mulch is still available to residents who live within the city limits for free.

Location & Phone Number
4063 North Hawthorne Street
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 697-9702 (map) **Please note new address**

Wood Waste

  • There is no charge for residents of the City of Chattanooga to dispose of acceptable wood waste.
  • City crews do not unload wood from trucks or trailers.

Acceptable: Raw natural wood, brush, and leaves.

Not Acceptable: Treated lumber, glued wood, wood with nails, paneling, plywood, railroad ties, painted wood, pallets, root balls, stumps, dirt, rock, trash, and material larger than 10 feet in length or larger than 5-feet in diameter.


  • Mulch is available at no charge to City of Chattanooga residents when a valid drivers license is presented.
  • City crews will load mulch into trucks or trailers.
  • Residents are limited to a standard size pick-up truck or single axle trailer for free loads of mulch.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Standard Rates

Disposal Rate: $20.00 per ton minimum

Holiday Schedule

Closed on New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Closing at 12:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.



To preserve and enhance the quality of the physical environment and infrastructure through prompt, cost effective and courteous delivery of services which protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens.

Justin Holland, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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