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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.

Effective immediately, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the City of Chattanooga Department of Public Works will no longer sell wood mulch to businesses, contractors or county residents 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.

The driver must have a valid state identification indicating residency in the City of Chattanooga is required to receive eligible services or materials.

Location & Phone Number
4063 North Hawthorne Street
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 697-9792 (map)

Wood Waste

  • There is no charge for residents of the City of Chattanooga to dispose of acceptable wood waste in a standard size pick up truck or a single axle trailer.
  • 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.
  • Mulch must be covered when leaving facility.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Standard Rates

Disposal Rate: $20.00 per ton minimum for non City residents, businesses or contractors

Payment Types Accepted: Checks, Credit Card & Money Order. NO CASH or COIN

Holiday Schedule

Closed on New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. 



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Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
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