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The Landfill's mission is to protect the health and safety of all citizens by disposing of all waste generated in Buncombe County in the most efficient, cost effective and environmentally sound manner possible.

Disposal Rates

Note: Buncombe County Landfill does not accept non-infectious medical waste.

For Citizens

  • 33-gallon bags:
    • $2.00 per bag
  • Less than 33-gallon bags:
    • $1.00 per bag
  • Pick-up trucks, vans or small trailers:
    • $43.00 per ton at Landfill
      • $10.00 Minimum

For Commercial/Franchise Haulers

  • All trucks, roll-offs, or flat bed (compacted or otherwise) of solid wastes which contain less than 5% by weight or volume, any of the following wastes: corrugated cardboard, untreated wood products suitable for mulching, concrete, cinder blocks, brick, concrete with steel or any type metals will pay $43.00 Per Ton at the Landfill.
  • First violation above the 5% limit: $86.00 per ton
  • Second violation or any subsequent violation occurring within 6 months of the first violation: $129 per ton
  • Untreated wood, limbs, yard wastes or other materials suitable for mulching: $20.00 per ton
  • Friable asbestos: $100.00 per ton, $100 minimum
    • Note: 24 hour notice and appointment required
  • Tires accepted with original scrap tire certification form only: No Charge
  • Tires without form: $2.00 per tire
  • Electronics recycling (limit 5 units): $0.30 per pound. Businesses with large quantities of electronics must call for prior approval by dialing 250-5462.

Recycling

At the Buncombe County Solid Waste Management Facility’s Convenience Center at no charge:
Download Recycling Guide

Miscellaneous Items

  • Oil Filters
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Newspaper, Magazines, Office Paper & Mixed Paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Motor Oils
  • Cooking Oil
  • Tires - Residents may recycle 10 tires without rims at no charge.
    • After that, tires may be recycled at $2 per tire.
    • All tires on rims (even the first 10) are $2 per tire.
  • Farm Animals: $50.00
  • Leaves: 2 bags for $1.00
    • leaves must be in bags and separated from wood and other yard waste

Wood pallets must be recycled, they will be accepted at the landfill for $20/ton, and will be ground up into mulch.

White Goods

  • Stoves
  • Refrigerators
  • Air Conditioners
  • Freezers
  • All Metals

Blue Bags or Co-Mingled Recyclables

  • Metal Cans -Aluminum, Steel, Tin, EMPTY Aerosol cans (If the cans are not empty, they are considered a household hazardous waste (HHW) and needs to be brought to the landfill during HHW collection every Friday, except holidays, from 9am - 3pm.
  • Plastic - All Bottles, Jugs, and Containers #1 - #7 (EX: plastic yogurt containers, margarine tubs, plastic take out containers (i.e. clam shells)
  • Glass - Bottles and Jars (clear, brown, green)
  • Aluminum - Pie Tins, Food Trays
  • Paper Cartons - Milk & Juice Cartons and Juice Boxes
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Mixed Paper - Catalogs, Junk mail, Magazines, Cereal boxes, Egg cartons (paper), Envelopes, Manila envelopes, Office paper, Paper, Phone books, Glossy paper, Post-It-Notes, Brown paper bags, Paper towel rolls, Shredded paper (place in paper bag with top rolled down)

TV & Paint Recycling

Televisions, Household Hazardous Waste, Paint, and Electronic Disposal at the Landfill

Buncombe County Landfill accepts Televisions and Electronics ONLY during TV/Paint Recycling events.

We accept most electronics from residents at no charge. Residents dropping off televisions will be charged $5.00 for each TV under 19" and $10.00 for each TV over 19". Businesses will also be able to drop off electronics, but they will be charged a fee of 30 cents per pound.

The following items must be separated out of loads and brought to the electronics recycling area:

  • Computers (monitors, CPU's, keyboards)
  • Televisions
  • Cell Phones
  • Paint and paint related items such as water sealer, paint thinners, enamels, polyurethane, and flammable liquids (such as gas and kerosene) will be charged at $2.00 per gallon. (20 gallon limit per week.)
  • There is no charge for pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, motor oil, antifreeze and lead acid batteries.
  • No hazardous wastes from businesses will be accepted.
  • Bio-Hazardous materials, radioactive materials and explosives are NOT accepted at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Solid Waste Office at 250-5460 or the Landfill at 250-5462.

Light Bulbs

Mercury containing fluorescent lights can be recycled at the landfill during the HHW program with a maximum of 20 bulbs per month. Lowes and Home Depot also accept the small screw in type bulbs for recycling, but do not accept broken or long tube type bulbs. Fluorescent lights can also be disposed of with your regular garbage. Broken bulbs cannot be recycled and should be placed with your regular garbage.

Light Bulb Disposal Guidelines

Table: Light Bulb Disposal Guidelines
Waste Type Maximum Amount Price
4 ft Fluorescent Light Bulbs Up to 5 free/ week $0.75 each
8 ft Fluorescent Light Bulbs Up to 5 free/ week $0.90 each
All other Up to 5 free/ week $5.00 each

Location & Contact

Landfill Location

Contact

Solid Waste Management Facility
P: (828) 250-5460
F: (828) 250-5479

Solid Waste
85 Panther Branch Road
Alexander, NC 28701

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
loads requiring more than 30 minutes to unload must be in the landfill by 4:00 p.m.

Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
loads requiring more than 30 minutes to unload must be in the landfill by 12:00 p.m.