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.

After three (3) days, all organics (such as paper and food-waste) are broken down in the digesters.
After twenty-eight (28) days, the organics become Grade A compost – used throughout the Southeastern United States for farming and soil erosion control.

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.

Compost > 73,400
Mulch > 3,800
Cardboard > 4,800
Mixed Plastics > 450
Glass > 120
Electronics > 110
Used Oil > 40
Tires > 700

Keep Sevier Beautiful
Keep Sevier Beautiful works hand-in-hand with Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. to keep 70% of our waste out of the landfill by educating and engaging residents and businesses on litter prevention, recycling, and beautification opportunities. If you would like to learn more about the organization, please visit their website

Gatlinburg Recycling Collection Center

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
Cardboard Magazines
Motor Oil

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.