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Do you make sure to cover and secure your load before visiting the Buncombe County transfer station or landfill? Then you might be a Load Warrior!

When material escapes your vehicle because your load isn’t secure, you’re not only littering, but you’re also endangering other drivers. North Carolina State law Section 1. G.S. 14-399 states that “When litter is scattered, spilled, or placed from a vehicle or watercraft, the operator thereof shall be presumed to have committed this offense”. It is illegal in North Carolina to haul an improperly secure load. Penalties for littering include up to a $2,000 fine, community service work, and one point on your driver’s license upon conviction. The state also observes National Secure Your Load Day, which is June 6.

But securing your load is an important practice 365 days a year. Buncombe County Solid Waste is excited to launch the “Load Warrior” campaign, which encourages residents to secure their loads when visiting the Buncombe County transfer station or landfill.

For more information on disposal locations, hours, and fees, please visit out Landfill and Transfer Station pages. Think an item you want to dispose of may be recyclable? Check out this recycling brochure for guidance!

Securing your load is an important safety issue and is enforceable by law. It’s also a great way to keep Buncombe County roads clean and our streams trash-free!

Let’s all be Load Warriors, for our people and our mountains!

Locate & Contact

Environmental Control Enforcement Officer

Performs investigative and enforcement work in the prevention of illegal or improper trash and refuse handling and solid waste disposal.

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Environmental Control

Kim Spillars
P: (828) 250-5470

Justin Stewart
P: (828) 250-5470

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.