Recycling services

The City of Chattanooga contracts with Orange Grove to manage its Recycling and Refuse centers. Staff act as supervisors to manage daily operations and support OGC individuals as they provide excellent customer service at six drop-off locations and three refuse collection centers throughout Chattanooga. Additionally, Orange Grove operates a Recycle Express program for local businesses, a pick-up service for various recyclable materials that is rendered for a reasonable fee.


Drop-off Centers are located at:

  • Warner Park: 1250 E. Third Street
  • DuPont: 4504 N. Access Road

  • Batters: 8004 Batters Place Road

  • Brainerd: 5955 Brainerd Road

  • Signal Mountain: 1151 Ridgeway Avenue
  • Patten: 3202 Kellys Ferry Road 


Refuse Collection Centers are located at:

  • 4276 Airport Road
  • 4500 North Access Road

  • 1400 West 57th Street


transition into community based services

In 2016, Orange Grove closed its on-campus recycling center due to federal regulations governing the delivery of services to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). We enjoyed an extremely successful 25-plus year partnership with the city of Chattanooga to process all curbside recycling

Although we no longer process recyclables on site, we have continued to manage the sale and marketing of recyclable materials collected through Chattanooga's curbside programs as well as the collection centers.

The changes are part of Orange Grove’s response to federal regulatory changes affecting funding sources for programs and services for IDD. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implemented the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final settings rule which requires that all settings in which Medicaid-reimbursed services and programs are provided are integrated and support full access to the greater community, as well as to include opportunities to seek employment, work in integrated settings, and earn a competitive wage.  

Click here for more information on the HCBS Settings Rule.

Click here to read the memorandum written by Orange Grove's former Executive Director, Kyle Hauth, that further explains the reasoning behind the changes. 

Click here for a video explanation that will prove helpful in further understanding the transition of services.