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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 3925 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!

Location & Phone Number
3925 North Hawthorne Street
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 697-9702 (map)

Wood Waste

  • There is no charge for residents of the City of Chattanooga to dispose of acceptable wood waste.
  • Non-city residents will be charged standard rates.
  • 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.
  • Non-city residents will be charged standard rates.


  • Mulch will be loaded in any size truck but will not be overloaded and should remain 4-inches below the walls of an open truck bed, trailer, or container.
  • Mulch must be covered by a tarpaulin before leaving the facility.

Standard Rates
Wood Waste Disposal / $20.00 per ton; $20.00 minimum
Mulch / $20.00 per ton; $20.00 minimum
Market rate for bulk quantities of mulch or leaves over 5 tons:  $8.00 per ton     
Payment Types Accepted:  Checks, Credit Card & Money Order.  NO CASH or COIN

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



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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