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Special Disposal Items

Got an item you're not sure how to dispose of or recycle? Check out the information below or contact Town Clerk Angie Murphy by phone at (828) 669-8002, ext. 301 or email

Batteries (Automotive):

  • Advance Auto Parts, 1407 US Highway 70, Black Mountain NC, 28711, (828) 669-5245

Batteries (Household, Rechargeable or Specialized):

  • Batteries Plus: 1863 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803, (828) 277-6776
  • Interstate Batteries: 990 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC, 28806, (828) 258-7400

Building Materials:

The Asheville Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers free pick-up for donations of gently used building materials and supplies including cabinets, doors, windows, plumbing and electrical fixtures, lighting, appliances and flooring. Call (828) 254-6706 to make arrangements or visit their facility at 31 Meadow Road.

Cell Phones:

Used cell phones, battery chargers and accessories may be turned in at the Town Services Office.

Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Light Bulbs:

Effective December 12, 2015 fluorescent light bulbs will no longer be accepted at participating fire departments. The Buncombe County Landfill is permitted to accept fluorescent bulbs with regular waste, you may include them with your trash. For those wishing to recycle fluorescent light bulobs the following options exist. Lowes and Home Depot will accept small screw-in type bulbs but not the tube type. Fluorescent bulbs may be recycled at the landfill only during Household Hazardous Waste days, the landfill is located at:

81 Panther Branch Rd.
Alexander, NC 28701

Please check Buncombe County Government for times and cost


Computers and Electronics:

Goodwill Industries offers free drop-off recycling and reuse options for local residents at their Black Mountain location.

  • 3018 US Highway 70W, Black Mountain NC 28711, (828) 669-4813


These may be recycled at your optometrist's office or placed in a drop-box in the lobby of Asheville Savings Bank's Black Mountain branch office.

  • Asheville Savings Bank: 300 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711, (828) 669-8432

Household Hazardous Waste:

Buncombe County accepts items such as oil-based paints or stains, solvents, motor oil, antifreeze and lawn/garden chemicals, flammable liquids and lead acid batteries at the Landfill each Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There may be a disposal fee for certain items.

  • Buncombe County Landfill: 81 Panther Branch Road, Alexander, NC 28701, (828) 250-5462


The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office provides free disposal of all unused or expired medications. For security reasons, remove any labels with patient information prior to disposal.

  • Buncombe County Sheriff's Office: 202 Haywood Street, Asheville NC 28801, (828) 250-4542

Metal Items:

These local business purchase scrap metal for recycling:

  • Asheville Metal Recycling: 530 Lyman Street, Asheville, NC 28801, (828) 350-1002
  • Biltmore Iron and Metal Co. (BIMCO): 1 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC 28801, (828) 253-9317

Packing Materials, Ink and Toner Cartridges:

The Black Mountain UPS Store (151 NC Highway 9, Suite B) accepts used ink and toner cartridges, as well as limited amounts of used styrofoam packing "peanuts" and inflated air paks. Call (828) 664-9333 for more information.


Unused latex-based paints and stains may be disposed of in your regular household trash if air-dried or hardened using cat litter or sand. For other paints and stains, see "Household Hazardous Waste" instructions above.

Plastic Shopping Bags:

Ingle's, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, Target and many other chain stores have designated recycling bins for plastic shopping bags, often just inside the entrance doors or near the Customer Service counter.

Sharps (needles, lancets, etc.)

Place all needles, lancets and other sharps used for home medical treatment in a sturdy plastic container with a screw-on cap, such as an empty laundry detergent bottle. When the container is full, bring it to the Buncombe County Transfer Station (190 Hominy Creek Road) for free disposal. Call (828) 250-6205 for more information.


Buncombe County residents may bring up to 10 tires (without rim) to the Landfill each year, free of charge. All tires on rim will incur a $2 per-item disposal fee.

  • Buncombe County Landfill: 81 Panther Branch Road, Alexander, NC 28701, (828) 250-5462