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, trash or recycling roll carts, bulky item or white goods pick-up, or dead animal removal, or to report missed trash pick-up, 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.


Disposal Locations


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.


Contact Information


For contact please view the Contact Information page




Related Services

Information about disposing of large or unusual items such as furniture, household hazardous waste, or appliances. As well as instructions for brush, leaves, or Christmas trees.

Information on what can be recycled, how to prepare items for collection, and composting.

Reserve a bear resistant trash cart

The City of Asheville is implementing a pilot program to provide bear-resistant trash carts to residents.  There are a limited number of carts available for the pilot program - you can sign up to be put on a waiting list for the next available carts.

Litter Programs

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.

Sanitation News

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Participate in the 2024 Spring Sweep!

The 2024 Spring Litter Sweep is taking place April 13-27. Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate in local efforts to help clean up North Carolina’s roadways. We invite you to lend a [...]

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The City of Asheville marks a significant milestone in addressing economical bear-resistant solutions

The City of Asheville Sanitation Department is pleased to announce an additional 340 additional bear carts have been ordered and Ultimate Trash Locks have been approved for use. This marks a significant milestone in addressing economical bear-resistant solutions. 340 additional bear trash carts are on the way The City of Asheville has purchased an [...]