What we do

The Sanitation Division manages trash, recycling, and brush collection, including bulky items and white goods. They provide special services for residents unable to manage their trash and recycling carts, and provide sanitation-related code enforcement. Contact them to request set-out assistance, report missed trash pick-up, request trash or recycling roll carts, bulky item or white goods pick-up, dead animal removal, overgrown or junky yards or illegal dumping.

Need to report a missed garbage collection? Contact the City of Asheville Customer Service Division at 828-251-1122.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY LANDFILL AND TRANSFER STATION

Residents can take their waste items directly to the Buncombe County Landfill or Transfer Station for disposal. For disposal information call Buncombe County at 828-250-5460.

For general Sanitation questions: sanitation@ashevillenc.gov.

Related Services

Backyard composting

Feed the landscape, not the landfill with fun and sustainable backyard composting.

Help fight litter

Join the Adopt-a-Street Program to help reduce litter in the City of Asheville.

Holiday Schedule Updates

View holiday collection schedules to see how holidays will impact your recycling, trash, or other collection services.

Find a recycling location

View an interactive map of recycling locations where certain items may be taken in person for recycling.

What can I recycle?

Learn about what items can be recycled in the City of Asheville, and how to prepare them for pickup.

Sanitation News

People recycling
City of Asheville partners with GreenWorks for neighborhood recycling education campaign

  Are you “recycling right?” We’ve all had that moment when we’ve gotten confused on what the City of Asheville accepts and does not accept in the Big Blue recycling bins.   Getting it right is important and here’s why: As a city, our contamination rate is on the rise. Where we were previously at a 5% contamination [...]

Asheville City Hall, flag flying in foreground
Asheville City offices to close for Memorial Day

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 27. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day.   ART [...]

Image of bear eating out of trashcan
With bears in Asheville backyards, be ‘BearWise’ about managing trash

    At a glance This article includes: Tips on how to deter bears. Guidelines if you want to buy your own bear-resistant trash cart. What to do if you encounter a bear.     Baby bears are cute, mama bears can be fierce and both have emerged from their dens hungry.   An increasing number of black bears live and roam around the City of [...]