DEPARTMENT NEWS

**New Hours of Operation** Transylvania County Solid Waste Collection Center Calvert Site

Effective August 1, 2017, the hours of operation of the Transylvania County Solid Waste Collection Center located on 163 Old Calvert Road will… more

What We Do

The Transylvania County Solid Waste Department provides a means for the citizens of Transylvania County to properly dispose of the trash they generate in their daily lives. The department operates a comprehensive waste management program that provides areas for disposal and encourages recycling and waste reduction. The challenge is to provide low cost, efficient service while ensuring adequate capacity and environmental protection.

Solid Waste currently has sixteen full time and two part time employees that operate three collection centers and one sanitary landfill. The equipment operators make sure that the materials brought to the landfill are properly disposed of and that the recyclable materials are transported to the proper locations. Our mechanic maintains the machines and trucks necessary for accomplishing these tasks. The site attendants and scale operators help citizens put their materials in the right place and collect the necessary fees. The office assistant keeps supplies ordered, pays the bills and answers numerous phone calls. Our litter pick up program utilizes community service workers in a never ending attempt to keep our roadsides clean.

The collection centers are located at Calvert, See Off Road and in Pisgah Forest.

The purpose of the collection centers is to provide homeowners a convenient place to drop off their household garbage. Our pay-as-you-throw program encourages people to reduce the amount of waste they generate and increase the amount of waste they recycle. Customers are charged for the garbage they throw away but there is no charge for sorted recyclable materials.

On average, more than 540 customers use the collection centers daily. The Pisgah Forest center gets the most traffic and it is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday. The other two centers are open from 8:00 to 4:00. Saturdays are the busiest days and delays sometimes occur then and after holidays. Commercial and construction customers are asked to bring their loads to the landfill.

The landfill is located on Woodruff Road outside of Rosman. Its hours of operation are 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Saturday. Homeowners with large, loose loads and commercial and construction customers can bring their loads across our drive thru scales. On average, 110 customers come to the landfill daily. Most of these are large trucks. Saturdays tend to be busy and wait times can occur. Loads coming to the landfill must be secured so no debris will blow out of the vehicle. Tarps are the best way to accomplish this. The Household Hazardous Waste collection center and the electronics recycling program are also located at the landfill.

The amount of trash disposed of in the county has increased the last two years after a period of decline. Most of this increase can be attributed to the large amount of new construction occurring in the county. Many new homes are being built, older buildings are being torn down, and others are being renovated. Not much of this material can be recycled so the recycling rate has not increased very much. Also, during the summer months the increase in population due to camps, tourists and summer residents increases the amount of garbage collected. A recent capacity survey estimated that the current available landfill space will be filled in twelve years. Studies are being done to identify areas on the landfill property that can be used in future expansions.

Last year 26,002 tons of waste was disposed of in the Woodruff landfill. This means that, on average, each person in Transylvania County throws away over four pounds of trash a day. They recycle less than a half a pound a day. Recycling benefits the county by saving landfill space. Revenue is generated by selling our recyclable materials. Aluminum cans are especially valuable but it is estimated that less than half of the cans generated in the state are recycled. Recycling benefits the environment by saving energy and natural resources needed to make new products. The county recently started an electronics recycling program due to the large number of televisions, computers, and cell phones that are being disposed of.

Solid Waste collected just over $1,700,000 in FY 2016. This includes scale sales, sticker sales, recycling revenue, collection fees, and tire and white goods recycling. Our expenditures were close to $1,600,000. This includes payroll, maintenance, fuel, and other operating expenses. The county sets aside money to pay for landfill expansion, landfill closure, and other capital expenses.

The employees of the Transylvania County Solid Waste Department work hard to provide our citizens a safe, clean and efficient method to deal with their trash. We strive to be good stewards of the environment by protecting ground water and surface water. We aid in litter pick-up and control and work to stop illegal dumping. Over 183,000 customers visited our facilities last year so customer service is an important part of what we do.

Our county commissioners and planners have had the foresight to plan for the future disposal needs of the county. Many counties are having to ship garbage to large regional landfills at great expense. We have the property and equipment to continue operations for many years.

Procedure

1. Household Hazardous Waste:

HHW collections are held the first Wednesday of the month from April to October. Items are to be brought to the Woodruff Landfill from 9:00 to 12:00.

Materials that will be accepted include pesticides, weed killers, bug sprays, used motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, motor and recyclable batteries. Materials that will not be accepted include liquid paint, medical wastes, industrial or business waste, explosives or unknowns. All containers must be labeled. If you have questions please call 884-6830.

2. Electronics:

TV’s and computer monitors should be taken to the Woodruff Landfill. The charge for disposal is $10 per unit. Computers, printers, and monitors will be accepted for free. Microwave ovens and “boom” boxes are considered trash and should be weighed with other garbage. Cell phones and rechargeable batteries will be accepted free of charge.

3. Recyclable materials:

Transylvania County accepts the following recyclable materials free of charge.

All items will be marketed so certain quality standards must be met. Items must be clean, free of contaminants and sorted properly at our collection centers.

  • A) Newspapers and inserts-accepted at all locations
  • B) Mixed paper-includes magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes (remove plastic liner), paperback books, phone books, office paper, and toothpaste and tissue
  • boxes. Accepted at all locations. No paper towels, napkins, or coated paper.
  • C) Glass Bottles- green, brown and clear bottles are accepted at all locations. Please rinse. No pane glass, plates, drinking glasses or light bulbs.
  • D) Plastic Bottles- #1 PETE and #2 HDPE bottles (they must have a neck) are accepted at all locations. Please Rinse. No motor oil, pesticide, or antifreeze
  • bottles. No butter tubs, yogurt or sour cream containers, no plastic cups or bowls. No cake or pastry containers. No flower pots.
  • E) Steel food cans-labels can be left on. Please rinse. Accepted at all locations.
  • F) Aluminum beverage cans- No foil or pie pans. Please rinse. Accepted at all locations.
  • G) Cardboard- dry, corrugated, flattened cardboard boxes. No pizza or wax coated food boxes because of contamination. All locations.
  • H) Tires- up to 5 tires without rims accepted free at Woodruff Landfill.
  • I) Appliances- refrigerators, stove, hot water heaters, washer and dryers, dishwashers, freezers, and air conditioners are accepted free at Woodruff
  • Landfill. There is a charge for microwaves, toaster ovens, dehumidifiers and other small kitchen appliances.
  • J) Batteries- Automotive batteries are accepted at Woodruff, Calvert and Pisgah Forest. Small rechargeable batteries are accepted at all locations. Non-rechargeable batteries should be placed with household garbage.
  • K) Used motor oil, oil filters and antifreeze- accepted at Woodruff, Calvert and Pisgah Forest.

4. Materials that are prohibited from being disposed of in the landfill:

Tires- must be brought to Woodruff landfill and stacked in tire trailer

Automotive batteries- Can be taken to Pisgah Forest, Calvert or Woodruff Landfill and placed in storage containers

Liquid Paint- paint must be dried. Open lid and let dry or add kitty litter or sawdust and then dispose of can in household garbage.

Aluminum Cans- NC General Statute 130A309.10(f)(6) prohibits putting aluminum beverage cans in the landfill. Recycle them at our collection centers.

Plastic Beverage Containers- have been banned from landfilling

Used Motor Oil- put in collection drums at Pisgah Forest, Calvert and Woodruff.

Leaves and yard waste- should be composted. The landfill accepts limbs and untreated wood debris but not leaves.

5. Taking materials to the landfill:

The landfill is located on Woodruff Road southwest of Rosman. The entrance is off Highway 64 just past the Mitchell-Bissel Plant. Loads must be moved in a manner that the contents will not leak or spill and shall be covered to keep contents dry and to prevent blowing of material. When you get to the main building pull onto the scales and the scale operator will ask to see your drivers license and will ask what type of materials you have. You will then be directed where to dispose of them. After unloading drive back on the scales to weigh out and pay, if necessary.

6. Paying for disposal:

Transylvania County operates under a user fee program. Residents pay for the trash they generate. You can reduce your cost by recycling and reducing the amount of trash you generate. At the landfill, trash, scrap metal, scrap lumber and shingles cost $55 a ton to dispose of. Unpainted block, unpainted concrete and asphalt cost $20 a ton. Brush, untreated and unpainted lumber and yard waste cost $20 a ton. Stumps and dirt cost $20.00 a ton. There is a $5.00 minimum charge at the landfill.

The collection centers at Connestee, Calvert and Pisgah Forest are designed to accommodate bagged household waste. There is a scale at Pisgah Forest where small, unbagged items may be taken to be weighed. Orange fee paid stickers are available at the centers for $1.50. One sticker is to be placed around the neck of each bag of trash. The weight limit for the bags is thirty pounds. There is no charge for recyclable materials. Cash or checks are the only acceptable forms of payment. No credit cards are accepted.

Contractors, haulers and others who use the landfill frequently can apply to open a credit account at the landfill. Applications are available from the County Finance Office. Qualified applicants will be assigned a customer and vehicle identification number. Billing statements are mailed out at the end of each month.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is the landfill?

500 Howell Road, Brevard. WARNING: GPS is not always accurate.

Take Hwy 64 west out of Brevard. Go past the exits for Rosman and Balsam Grove. There is a manufacturing plant called Mitchell-Bissel on the left. The entrance to the landfill is just past the plant on the left. There are signs. The road is Woodruff Road.

2. When are you open?

The landfill is open from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Saturday.

The Pisgah Forest Collection Center is open 7:00 to 7:00 Monday through Saturday.

The Calvert and Connestee Collection Centers are open 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Saturday.

3. How much does it cost to take things to the landfill?

Regular trash or Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) costs $55.00 a ton. This includes garbage, roofing materials, treated or painted lumber, painted block and concrete, plywood, laminates, pressboard, carpets, furniture, microwaves, wet cardboard and wet paper, dirty plastic bottles and cans, scrap metal, wire, dried up paint, and drywall.

Unpainted concrete, unpainted block and brick, asphalt and untreated lumber costs $20.00 a ton.

Tree limbs and stumps cost $20.00 a ton.

The first 5 tires are free. Any over 5 are $1.00 each. Tires on rims are $1.75. Call for quote on large tires.

TV’s and computer monitors are $10.00 each. Other electronics and propane tanks are $5.00 each.

There is a $5.00 minimum at the landfill.

4. How much does it cost to take things to the collection centers?

Connestee and Calvert accept bagged household garbage only. You must buy a sticker for $1.50 for each bag. Stickers are also available at Pisgah Forest. There is a small scale at Pisgah Forest where you can weigh small unbagged items. The charge for these is approximately $0.06 a pound. Recyclable items are accepted free of charge.

5. What can be recycled?

Transylvania County accepts the following recyclable materials free of charge.

All items will be marketed so certain quality standards must be met. Items must be clean, free of contaminants and sorted properly at our collection centers.

  • A) Newspapers and inserts-accepted at all locations
  • B) Mixed paper-includes magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes (remove plastic liner), paperback books, phone books, office paper, and toothpaste and tissue boxes. Accepted at all locations. No paper towels, napkins, or coated paper.
  • C) Glass Bottles- green, brown and clear bottles are accepted at all locations. Please rinse. No pane glass, plates, drinking glasses or light bulbs.
  • D) Plastic Containers- Only food, beverage, personal care and household plastic bottles. (Exception: NO black microwavable trays and NO Styrofoam) Please Rinse. No motor oil, pesticide, or antifreeze containers.
  • E) Steel food cans-labels can be left on. Please rinse. Accepted at all locations.
  • F) Aluminum beverage cans- No foil or pie pans. Please rinse. Accepted at all locations.
  • G) Cardboard- dry, corrugated, flattened cardboard boxes. No pizza or wax coated food boxes because of contamination. All locations.
  • H) Tires- up to 5 tires without rims accepted free at Woodruff Landfill.
  • I) Appliances- refrigerators, stove, hot water heaters, washer and dryers, dishwashers, freezers, and air conditioners are accepted free at Woodruff
  • Landfill. There is a charge for microwaves, toaster ovens, dehumidifiers and other small kitchen appliances.
  • J) Batteries- Automotive batteries are accepted at Woodruff, Calvert and Pisgah Forest. Small rechargeable batteries are accepted at all locations.
  • Non-rechargeable batteries should be placed with household garbage.
  • K) Used motor oil, oil filters and antifreeze- accepted at Woodruff, Calvert and Pisgah Forest.

What May I Recycle?

  • Metal Cans and Empty Aerosol Cans – Aluminum, Steel, Tin
  • Plastics: Only food, beverage, personal care and household plastic containers. (Exception: NO black microwavable trays and NO Styrofoam)
  • Glass bottles and Jars – Clear, Brown, green
  • Aluminum Pie Tins and Food Trays
  • Milk & Juice and Cartons
  • Newspapers and Inserts
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Mixed Paper:
  • Catalogs, junk mail, Magazines, Paper egg cartons, Envelopes
  • Manila Envelopes, Office paper, Phone Books, Glossy paper
  • Post-It-Notes, Cereal boxes, Brown paper bags, Paper towel rolls
  • Shredded paper (place in paper bag with top rolled down).

What is Not Recyclable?

  • NO Styrofoam (even if it has a triangle on it).
  • NO plastic bags (take to Ingles, Wal-Mart, Target)
  • NO dishes, cookware, drinking glasses, light bulbs, pane glass or mirror glass.
  • NO Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  • NO black microwavable trays
  • NO paper towels, napkins or tissues
  • NO Household non-rechargeable batteries