All of the solid waste collected within the county is taken to the Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. (SSWI) Compost Plant – a joint venture between Sevier County and the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. The SSWI Compost Plant processes 300 tons of solid waste each day, making it the largest municipal solid waste compost facility in the nation. All waste is processed using in-vessel digesters, where a balance of heat, moisture and oxygen combined with natural microorganisms breaks down the organic material in the solid waste to produce compost.
In addition to composting municipal waste, SSWI recycles other materials such as: plastic, glass, electronics, oil, and tires. As a result of SSWI recycling efforts, Sevier County has a 70% recycling rate, which is the highest rate in the State of Tennessee. SSWI recycling (in tons) per year is listed below.
|Mixed Plastics||> 450|
|Used Oil||> 40|
The Recycling Collection Center is located at 1855 East Parkway
Open Daily 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
CLOSED on Sundays
The Recycling Collection Center will accept:
|Aluminum & Steel cans||Newsprint|
|#1 - #7 Plastic||Mixed Paper|
The City of Gatlinburg has taken the next step in recycling with the opening of a collection center for recyclables in cooperation with Sevier Solid Waste, Inc.
"As stewards of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the residents and business community of Gatlinburg are aware of the responsibility to be environmentally conscious about every aspect of life," said City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle. "This recycling center is another commitment to protecting our community and making it more convenient for everybody to participate in recycling."
The facility is contracted through Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. which is working to increase the availability of recycling in Sevier County.