Sanitation Collection Information
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Garbage is collected on Monday and Friday from June 2, 2008 through August 29, 2008. From September 2, 2008 through May 29, 2008 garbage will only be collected on Mondays only. Separate garbage from yard waste. Drain all non-hazardous liquids and wrap or bag the empty containers. Use watertight garbage containers made of metal or rigid plastic, not to exceed 40 gallons or 50 lbs. in capacity, with handles and tight-fitting covers. Cans must be marked with house numbers, placed at roadside by 8:00 a.m. on collection day and removed from the street by the following morning. Any garbage left outdoors overnight must be placed in a bear-proof container. Bear-proof containers located in the Town right-of-way require prior approval and shall be constructed in accordance with adopted guidelines.
Bear-Proof Garbage Containers must be made of sturdy, solid materials with no gaps in their construction greater than two inches (2”). All hinged openings must have secure latches and the container must be securely anchored to the ground or other permanent object to prevent tipping. Limited information on containers manufactured by vendors using metal construction is available in the Town Services Office.
Household recycling is collected weekly at the same time as the garbage. Glass, plastic and aluminum may be placed together in a transparent bag (usually blue). Mixed paper may be recycled in a separate transparent bag. Please bundle newspapers and flatten and bundle all corrugated cardboard. All recycling bags and bundles should be set out beside the garbage can or bear-proof container on the morning of collection day.
Yard waste is collected each Wednesday, although in peak months collection may extend over more than one day. Brush and tree limbs must be cut into four-foot (4’) lengths and must not exceed six inches (6”) in diameter. Leaves must be placed inside sealed bags.
Please help keep our ditches and waterways clean. Never toss leaves, yard waste or other debris into a ditch or waterway, as this could restrict stormwater drainage.
Garbage and recycling will collected on the day after the following Town-observed holidays:
MLK Jr. Day
*Please note that brush collection will take place on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 due to the Christmas holidays.
Bulk Items & White Goods
Bulk items will be collected twice year free of charge. The 2008 collection dates are July 8 and October 28. Acceptable items include furniture, mattresses, carpet and appliances. Unacceptable items include batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paints or stains, stumps, trees, building materials and any type of hazardous waste.
NOTE: The Town is not responsible for debris removal from lot clearings or disposed of by private landscaping or tree companies.
Dumpsters have been placed behind the Town Services Office for disposal of household garbage, recyclables and corrugated cardboard. The walk-through gate is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Please dispose of all items in their proper containers to avoid attracting bears, rats and other vermin. Unacceptable items include construction materials, furniture, mattresses, household hazardous waste and yard waste.
Back Door Collection
This option is provided on a three-month seasonal or annual basis to our residential customers for an additional fee. Applications may be obtained in the Town Services Office or from our website at www.townofmontreat.org by clicking on “Download Forms” under the Public Works heading. Please call our office at (828) 669-8002 for service information and applicable charges.
Pay for Pickup Option
This option allows residents to make arrangements for bulk items and yard waste to be picked up on unscheduled collection days. Charges are based on a minimum fee of $25.00 and may increase based on the size and amount of the items to be collected.
Special Disposal Items
Latex-Based Paint: Latex-based paints and stains that cannot be used or donated must be dried up or hardened before being placed into the trash. If the paint can is less than ¼ full, simply remove the lid and allow the paint to air-dry for a few days. Larger amounts of paint may be solidified by using kitty litter or sand.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Fluorescent light bulbs, including the new CFL bulbs, contain mercury and should not be discarded with regular household garbage. These items may be taken to the Black Mountain Fire Department at 106 Montreat Road for safe disposal.
Ink and Toner Cartridges: The UPS Store, (151-B Hwy 9 in Black Mountain) accepts these items for recycling.
Computer Equipment and Cell Phones: Unwanted computer hardware, including monitors or printers may be donated to Goodwill Industries at any of their Asheville locations (1011 Patton Ave., 1616 Patton Ave. and 86 S. Tunnel Rd.). Used cell phones may be turned in at the Town Services Office.
Rechargeable Household Batteries: These items may be taken to RadioShack (504 Hwy 9 in Black Mountain).
Engine Oil, Automotive Batteries and Tires: Engine Oil and automotive batteries may be taken to Advance Auto (3116 US Hwy 70 in Black Mountain). Black Mountain Tire Connection (117 Sutton Ave. in Black Mountain) accepts unmounted tires at a fee of $1 each.