County Offical Info
Doug Ashburn
Solid Waste Director
1846 S Jefferson Ave
Cookeville, TN 38506
8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M Business Office
Monday - Friday
Putnam County Solid Solid Waste and Recycling

The Putnam County Solid Waste Department includes a Recycling Center, Transfer Station, Landfill, and nine Convenience sites.

Helpful Information from this Department:

  • Commercial waste goes to Transfer Station.
  • General public waste goes to Convenience Sites.
  • Construction, demolition,yard waste (brush) and all tires(off the rim) go to the Landfill.
  • Convenience Sites are open from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays,Wednesdays,Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • 3:15 p.m. is the cut off time for unloading at the Transfer Station and Landfill.
  • Deceased animals are accepted Monday through Friday before 12:00 p.m. at $45.00 per ton. (pro-rated)
  • To file a formal complaint, you must come to the main office located at 1846 S. Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38506 and fill out a formal complaint with your name, address, telephone number, and nature of the complaint. The complaint will be reviewed and appropriate action will be taken.
Mission Statement

 "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to keep a great place to live cleaner and greener for generations to come."

Credit Application

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Acceptable Items

  Items accepted at the convenience centers:

  Household garbage.

  Used Oil


  Metal and appliances


  #1 and #2 plastic

  Aluminum and metal cans


  Leaves (no trees, stumps, or brush)


  Items  the convenience centers cannot accept:


  Construction Waste  

  Commercial Industrial waste

  Hazardous Waste






Items accepted at the recycling center:

The Recycling Center will accept the following items:


#1 and #2 Plastics

Glass Bottles


Magazines and junk mail

Vehicle Batteries

Oil, Transmission Fluid, and Hydraulic Fluid

Metal, appliances and aluminum



Items the recycling center cannot accept:


Hazardous Waste


Wax –coated cardboard

Plastic bags

Polystyrene or Styrofoam

Pure Carbon Paper or Thermal Fax Paper


Items accepted at the transfer station:

Commercial and Industrial Waste

Metal and old appliances

Old drums


Wax-coated cardboard

Styrofoam in plastic bags

TV, computers, and microwaves


*All wire goes to the transfer station.


Items  the transfer station cannot accept:

Hazardous Waste

Construction Waste



Carpet and carpet padding





Blocks and bricks



* Latex paint can be dried out completely and safely be discarded in your household trash. See downloadable flier for latex paint disposal.

*Oil based paint should be took to the Hazardous Household Waste Facility.


Items accepted at the landfill:

Tires off the rim

Demolition and or Construction Waste

Shingles (personal residential only)




Gypsum board

Bricks, Blocks, Concrete Blocks

Wood and Pallets

Carpet and Carpet Padding

Commercial and Residential Brush

Residential Trash


Items that cannot be accepted at the landfill:


Commercial Trash

Hazardous Waste




No liquids of any kind

Upholstered Furniture

No TV, computers, and microwaves

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Putnam County Household Hazardous Waste Facility is
located at 2101-A West Jackson St, Cookeville,TN 38501. The phone number to the facility is (931) 400-0622.

*No Materials accepted without personnel present.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Wednesday-Thursday 7:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

                                Tuesday-Friday                         7:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Non-Emergency Contact Number: 931-528-3884
In case of emergency: Dial 911

Materials that are acceptable include:
Flammable Liquid Corrosive material Oxidizing material Reactive material Household Cleaners and Solvents
Propane cylinders Fire Extinguishers Aerosols/Paints and Cleaners
Oil based paint (5 gal. limit/week)
Lawn and Garden Products e.g. Herbicides Pesticides
Pool chemicals Rechargeable Batteries (no alkaline)
Fluorescent bulbs and Tubes (8’ maximum length)

Materials not acceptable include but not limited to:
Latex paint Automotive batteries Antifreeze Used Oil/Filters
Medical Sharps/Pharmaceuticals or Waste
Ammunition Explosives Radioactive Materials

Business Hazardous Waste (Contact Clean Harbors: 615-643-3170)

Beginning May 4th, 2020 latex paint will no longer be accepted at the Dacco Quarry convenience center. See THIS FLIER for disposal directions.


Waste Management

Bangham Waste Collection Center
5759 Hilham Rd
Cookeville, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
Bloomington Springs Waste Center
6670 Martin Creek Rd.
Baxter, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
Brotherton Convenience Center
7200 Brotherton Mountain Road
Cookeville, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
Buffalo Valley Convenience Center
2717 Buffalo Valley School Road
Buffalo Valley, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Wed, Fri
Burgess Falls Collection Center
6007 Burgess Falls Rd.
Baxter, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
Cookeville Public Works
1115 E. Spring St.
Cookeville, TN
Dacco Quarry
3000 Dacco Quarry Rd.
Cookeville, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
Gentry Waste Collection Center
14226 Nashville Hwy.
Buffalo Valley, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
Monterey Collection Center
2730 Old Walton Rd.
Cookeville, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
Putnam County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
2101 West Jackson Street
Cookeville, TN
Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Non-Emergency Contact Number: 931-528-3884 In case of emergency: Dial 911
Putnam County Landfill
11089 Cookeville Boat Dock Rd.
Baxter, TN
Monday Thru Saturday - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Silver Point Convenience Center
13601 Center Hill Dam Road
Silver Point, TN
6:30 am to 6:30 pm - Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat
State of Tennessee - Solid and 
Hazardous Waste Management
1221 S. Willow Ave.
Cookeville, TN
Transfer Station/Recycle Center
1846 South Jefferson Ave
Cookeville, TN