Each month, residents pay a $10.00 garbage fee, which is included in the monthly water bill. This fee covers the cost of contracted garbage and recycling pickup.
Please be aware that it is necessary to keep residential garbage, recyclables, bulk trash items (appliances, furniture, old toys, shelving, grills, etc...), painted lumber, grass clippings, leaves, and brush separated. 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. These types of waste must be separated at the curb to facilitate a pickup.
To ask questions, share concerns, or schedule pickups, please call the Public Works Office at (828) 452-5911.
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 through the Junaluskans’ Email Service. Special cans are not required; residents supply their own.
Items accepted for recycling are:
All recyclable items should be placed in either blue or clear bags.
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.
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:
Burning of garbage, wood products or leaves is strictly prohibited.
Curbside leaf pickup is available from about October through February and again for a brief period of time in spring/early summer. 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. We are now able to ship brush curbside, and therefore we can take limbs and brush up to a 10 inch diameter max. Longer items are okay and can be easier to chip, but please use your judgement--if its too heavy or combersome to lift, the crew will not be able to feed it into the chipper! As with Bulk Trash Pickup, the same “rule of thumb” applies- if it is a pile of brush that does not take more than about 15 minutes for one or two workers to load or chip, there is no charge for this service.
PLEASE NOTE: Same day pickup is not guaranteed. Our small crew tries to keep up with demand as fast as possible, but sometimes various factors can cause delays and setbacks to their ability to collect bulk trash and yard waste in a timely manner. If you have submitted a work request and your waste has not been collected after 7 working days, please call the office to check on the status of the work order.
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: