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Your guide on what and where to recycle in Buncombe County.

How to Prepare Recyclables

EMPTY all bottles, cans, and containers (lids and labels may remain on)

BREAK DOWN and FLATTEN corrugated cardboard

SECURE the lid on the recycling container to prevent paper from blowing out

SET your recyclables out to the curb by 7:00 A.M. on your recycling day (if you have curbside pickup)

What is NOT Recyclable?

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Light Bulbs
  • Dishes or Cookware
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags - please take these to Ingles, Wal-Mart, Target, etc
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Window or Mirror Glass
  • Black microwavable trays

Blue Bag Recyclables

Blue bags may be used for all recyclables other than cardboard. Co-mingle recyclables such as magazines, paper, plastic, metal and aluminum cans, and glass in the same blue bag.

Blue Bag Instructions

Place all recyclables in Blue Bags. Blue Bags:

  • Metal Cans -Aluminum, Steel, Tin, EMPTY Aerosol cans (If the cans are not empty, they are considered a household hazardous waste (HHW) and need to be brought to the landfill during HHW collection days.
  • Plastic - All Bottles, Jugs, and Containers #1 - #7 (EX: plastic yogurt containers, margarine tubs, plastic take out containers)
  • 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)

Flatten and leave at curb:

  • Corrugated Cardboard

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

Local Recycling Locations

Cars, Trash, Wood, Metals - Please contact services for additional information.