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Community Garbage and Recycling Information


Each month, residents pay a $16.86 garbage fee, which is included in the monthly water bill. This fee covers the cost of contracted garbage and recycling pickup, as well as the additional services listed below that are provided directly by Public Works staff.

Please be aware that it is necessary for us to keep commercial, household, recyclables, large metal items (shelving, grills), and wood/brush separate. This explains why sometimes our crew might drive by your home and not pick up your waste, or why they might only pick up part of your waste. It is very helpful to us if you can separate these types of waste at the curb.

Burning of garbage, brush or leaves is strictly prohibited at Lake Junaluska.

To ask questions, share concerns, or schedule pickups, please call the Public Works Office at (828) 452-5911.


Garbage & Recycling

Assembly Public Works contracts with Consolidated Waste Service for weekly garbage and recycling pick-up for all residents in the community. Household garbage is picked up on Wednesdays, and recycling service is on Thursdays. Changes to this schedule due to holidays will be announced on this site and through the Junaluskans’ Email Service. Special cans are not required; residents supply their own.

Items accepted for recycling are:

  • Plastic bottles and jugs (#s 1 through 7)
  • Corrugated cardboard and household cardboard boxes (cereal, cracker, cake mix)
  • Catalogs, magazines, newspapers, telephone books, third class mail and other paper products
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Glass bottles and jars

All recyclable items should be placed in either blue or clear bags.


Other Curbside Pickup Services

Beyond the routine trash collection each week by CWS, Assembly Public Works also provides pickup of other types of solid waste, including bulk items and yard waste.


Bulk Item Pickup

Large items and many other things not considered to be general household trash can be placed at the curb and scheduled for pickup. We can take items such as furniture, beds, appliances, large plastic toys, old doors, carpet, shelving, grills, televisions, etc… The “rule of thumb” is, if it can fit in the back of a pickup truck and would not take more than about 15 minutes for one or two workers to load, there is no charge for this service.

Unfortunately, there are some things that we cannot not pickup:

  • Liquid paint- We can collect partial paint cans, but they must be dried and solid. This can be done quickly by adding cat litter. Please leave your paint cans open when you place them at the curb for pick up.
  • Motor oil products- Should be taken directly to the Haywood County Materials Recovery Facility on Recycle Road in Clyde
  • Antifreeze- Can be taken to the Hazelwood Convenience Center on Hemlock Street
  • Large amounts of construction waste- We can take small amounts of materials from DIY projects. If you hire a contractor to work on your home, please make sure they understand that they must dispose of this waste. If you are unsure whether your items can be picked up or not, please call the office and we can help determine whether it is something we can collect.


Leaves, Brush & other Yard Waste

Burning of garbage, wood products or leaves is strictly prohibited.    

Curbside leaf pickup is available from about October through February and again in April. During this time, our leaf vacuum makes continuous loops through the community, collecting piles of leaves as they are found. Residents do not necessarily need to contact the Public Works Office to schedule pickup, as pickup is on-going. However, if you believe your leaf pile has been overlooked, feel free to call the office and request collection. Outside these months, leaves should be bagged and placed at the curb for collection, and a call should be placed to schedule a pick-up.

Bagged grass clippings and piles of brush can also be placed curbside and scheduled for pickup by calling the Public Works Office. Limbs should be less than six feet long so that it will fit in our compactor. As with Bulk Trash Pickup, the same “rule of thumb” applies- if it can fit in the back of a pickup truck and will not take more than about 15 minutes for one or two workers to load, there is no charge for this service.


Additional Services Offered

As an added benefit for residents, Public Works also offers a document shredding service. Sensitive items can be brought by the office and placed in a locked box which is collected regularly for secure off-site shredding.

The following items can be dropped off at the Public Works Office for appropriate recycling/disposal:

  • Old/used batteries
  • CFL & LED lightbulbs
  • Medications
  • Sharps (Needles, syringes, lancets, etc…)